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The ISN Academy offers online curricula on prominent topics in nephrology, taught by specialists in the field.

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The ISN-ANIO Clinical Nephropathology Certificate Program

The Clinical Nephropathology Certificate (CNC) Program consists of year-long, online educational programs in basic and advanced nephropathology courses.

Launched in 2013 and 2019 respectively, the successful CNC Basic and Advanced Courses feature live webinars, pre-recorded lectures available on-demand, quizzes, and exams.

Pathologists and nephrologists worldwide seeking training in the principles and practice of nephropathology are encouraged to apply. However, applicants from low and middle-income countries are given priority.

  • Identify the key principles in the preparation of kidney biopsy material – preparation of sections for LM, IF, and EM. Review the different staining techniques and their purpose.
  • Apply knowledge of different kidney injury patterns observed in histopathologic specimens in classifying syndromes of nephron injury and integrating this knowledge into the management of clinical presentations of kidney diseases.
  • Use newly gained knowledge of specific kidney syndromes or diseases (e.g., acute kidney injury, autoimmune kidney disease, diabetic kidney disease, genetic kidney disease, hepatorenal syndrome, pregnancy-related kidney disease) to infer pathophysiologic mechanisms and apply this to the management of patients.
  • Use updated knowledge of kidney pathology for better patient management.

Program Structure:
The CNC program spans over one year and includes over 40 recorded online lectures and 12 live webinars (one per month).

Graduation Requirements:
The course attendees are required to attend >75% of the live webinars and obtain a “pass” mark (a score greater than two standard deviations below the class mean) in both a mid-year and final exam to receive the certificate.

Application Information:
Tuition Fees: $495.00 (USD).
Tuition fees are waived for trainees in MD, DNB, DM, or Ph.D. from low and lower-middle-income countries.
Payments are made through PayPal and are due by December 15 each year (instructions are sent upon acceptance to the program in mid-November).

Annual Application Deadline: October 31
Annual Program Start Date: January 1

Application form: Applicants must complete an online application form (available by September each year) by the deadline. If the applicant is a trainee, they must submit proof of training and a letter of endorsement from their department chair.

This course includes advanced general and transplant nephropathology, pediatric nephrology, onco-nephrology, and other emerging issues in nephropathology.

The program is available to past graduates by invitation only, and registration is on a first paid, first-served basis, up to a maximum of 95 people per year. There are no midterm and final exams; however, there are mandatory quizzes after each webinar.

Application Information:
Tuition Fees: $495.00 (USD).
All registrants must pay tuition fees. No tuition waiver applies. Payments are made through PayPal. No application form is necessary. A payment link is sent to eligible candidates who completed the Basic CNC Course and received an ISN-ANIO CNC certificate.

Annual application Deadline: June 1
Annual program Start Date: July 1

Co-directors and Primary CNC Faculty:

• Kenar D Jhaveri, MD, Professor and Associate Chief of Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, Northwell Health System, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
• Youssef Farag, MD, Ph.D., MPH, Medical Director of Clinical Development at Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., and Associate Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
• Vanesa Bijol, MD, Associate Professor and Chief of Renal Pathology, Department of Pathology, Northwell Health System, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Featured CNC Faculty:
• Gerald B. Appel, MD, Director of Clinical Nephrology, Columbia University Medical Center
• Jamil Azzi, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Anil K. Chandraker, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Robert Colvin, MD, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital
• Bradley Denker, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Fernando Fervenza, MD, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Mayo Clinic
• Anna Greka, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• David Mount, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Helmut Rennke, MD, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Leonardo Riella, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Jai Radhakrishnan, MD, Renal Division, Columbia University
• Ajay K. Singh, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• David. J. Salant, MD, Boston University
• Sanjeev Sethi, MD, Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic
• Sushrut Waikar, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Astrid Weins, MD, Ph.D., Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

For any questions on the course and the application process, please contact the ISN-ANIO CNC Program Manager, Dr. Youssef Farag.

If you have any questions about the ISN-ANIO Programs, please contact the ISN-ANIO Programs Coordinator.