What and why?

Home Dialysis Academy of Excellence (HDAE) is an educational immersion program created through a collaboration between Stanford Medicine, the University of California Davis Health and Satellite Healthcare. HDAE is designed to provide Nephrology Fellows with a wide and deep understanding of the value and application of home dialysis as a therapeutic option to promote health and wellness for people with end stage kidney disease. The goal of this program is to ultimately empower Nephrology Fellows to shift to a “Home First” mindset and approach to arranging dialysis therapy for their patients suffering from kidney failure.

Developing a “Home First” mindset is important because home therapy as a modality to treat patients with end stage kidney disease is associated with patient longevity, a high quality of life, short recovery times after treatment and greater convenience for people whose health and home environments can accommodate it. Yet on average, only 12% of dialysis patients choose to receive their dialysis at home, with a significant majority receiving their care within a dialysis center. Although both modalities present specific advantages for individual patients, depending on their particular circumstances and health profile, the untapped potential of home dialysis to fully reach populations that could most benefit from it lies in establishing a better understanding among nephrology physicians, students and referral organizations as to how home dialysis works and its demonstrated health outcomes.

Developing a “Home First” mindset is even more relevant now given the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health, signed by President Donald Trump on July 10, 2019, aiming in part to increase the number of patients being treated through home dialysis instead of in-center dialysis as a way to improve patient’s quality of life while also reducing overall healthcare costs.

The HDAE symposium is typically a three day educational program and includes a didactic portion, a hands-on (lab) portion, and a networking portion. The presentations and panel discussions throughout the program will provide Nephrology Fellow participants with a thorough understanding of the benefits, challenges and nuances of home dialysis as a therapy for their patients, and as a component of their own medical practices. There will also be a patient panel to provide Nephrology Fellows with insights into how home dialysis therapies impact their lives.

The program’s agenda typically covers a spectrum of topics, including but not limited to:

  • The ongoing evolution of home dialysis
  • Choosing home dialysis as the appropriate modality
  • Troubleshooting and managing complications
  • The latest technology and equipment
  • Navigating the economics within value-based care models
  • The patient experience with home dialysis
  • The economics of home dialysis
  • Understanding the industry move to more home dialysis

 

Who?

The intended audience of HDAE are physician trainees in United States nephrology fellowship programs.

How?

Nephrology Fellows in the U.S. must first apply through the HDAE website for a spot on the annual symposium. The HDAE team will then review the request of all website Applicants and coordinate with the Registrant’s Nephrology Program Director to confirm availability of spots and approval to participate in the symposium, according to the following process:

  1. U.S. based Nephrology Fellows must first apply on the HDAE website (i.e. HDAE Applicants) in order to provide their name and contact information, as well as their fellowship program name, the Fellowship Program Director’s name and contact information.
  2. The HDAE team will contract the Fellowship Program Director to ensure:
    1. That the Director supports the Applicant attending HDAE.
    2. That the Fellow/Applicant is in good standing.
    3. That Fellow/Applicant can commit to attending at least 2 out of the 3 days of the symposium

    Please Note: Spots at the symposium are filled on a first come first served basis and priority will go to 2nd year Fellows intending to attend all 3 days of the symposium.

  3. The HDAE team, in collaboration with the Nephrology Fellowship Program Director, will invite the Fellows/Applicants to participate in the symposium. If accepted, a spot at the symposium will be held and those Fellows/Applicants will be confirmed as HDAE Participants via email from the HDAE team.

When and Where?

HDAE symposium is typically held in fall of every year at the Satellite Healthcare Training Center located in Milpitas, CA.

Registration for the annual fall HDAE symposium will open in November of the prior year. If you wish to receive notification when registrations season is open or other relevant information about HDAE, we encourage you to join our HDAE Community.

Still Have Questions?

Contact the HDAE Team

Developing a “Home First” mindset is important because home therapy as a modality to treat patients with end stage kidney disease is associated with patient longevity, a high quality of life, short recovery times after treatment and greater convenience for people whose health and home environments can accommodate it.