Professional & Continuing Education (CME & CE)
Caring for people with chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not easy. Members of the health care team, including pharmacists, physicians, and registered dietitians, must communicate complex messages, often in a short amount of time. NIDDK has developed educational resources to enhance knowledge and skills around caring for people with these conditions.
These courses are free to view. To earn credit please visit the partner site listed within each course.
Counseling Patients on NSAID Use to Prevent Kidney Injury
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can affect blood flow to the kidneys and increase the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in high-risk patients. Pharmacists can play a crucial role in the education and prevention of NSAID-induced AKI by counseling patients about medicines, other products, and safer alternatives. NIDDK has created tools and resources to increase pharmacists’ knowledge of CKD to help them educate their patients about the disease. CE credit is available through the University of Kentucky. CE credits will only be awarded after registering and viewing the entire course on the accrediting partner’s website.
Helping Diabetes Educators Care for Patients With Kidney Disease
Diabetes is a leading cause of CKD, and diabetes educators have a crucial role both in supporting early detection and slowing progression of CKD. This four-module training program helps prepare diabetes educators to care for patients with diabetic kidney disease. CE credit is available through the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists. CE credits will only be awarded after registering and viewing the entire course on the accrediting partner’s website.
Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management Training Program
This five-module training program prepares registered dietitians (RDs) for counseling patients who have CKD, with each module focusing on a specific area of nutrition management for kidney disease patients. CE credit will be available soon through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. CE credits will only be awarded after registering and viewing the entire course on the accrediting partner’s website.
Chronic Kidney Disease Management for Pharmacists
This series of six training modules helps pharmacists identify and manage CKD in patients and better understand their role in addressing current controversies in care. CE credit will be available soon through the National Kidney Foundation. CE credits will only be awarded after registering and viewing the entire course on the accrediting partner’s website.
Chronic Kidney Disease & Nutrition for Dietetic Educators
This suite of materials supports dietetic educators in teaching students and interns about nutritional interventions for CKD patients. The materials provide students and interns with the basic information they will need to counsel patients who have CKD once they become practicing registered dietitians (RD).
Kidney Disease Education Lesson Builder
This resource helps educators create and implement lesson plans for counseling patients with CKD about managing their disease and preparing for renal replacement therapy (RRT). These six lesson plans meet the needs of qualified providers seeking to deliver the Kidney Disease Education (KDE) Services benefit, as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Glomerular Disease Primer
The NIDDK Kidney Disease Section has developed a Glomerular Disease Primer that presents kidney anatomy, physiology, and histology and several major glomerular diseases.
Advanced Health Information Search
Patient education and outreach materials and practice tools for diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions.