The Florida Society of Nephrology would like to thank all of our members, industry partners, and family that made the 2017 Annual Meeting an overwhelming success. The Delray Beach Marriott provided the venue for our 51st Annual Meeting. There were a number of new initiatives incorporated into this year's program including a Coding & Reimbursement Symposium hosted by the Renal Physicians Association and a Medical Student Scholarship Program launched by the FSN Executive Committee. Our organization continues to grow to meet the needs and expectations of the Nephrology community in Florida.
Reinaldo Rosario, M.D. Elected FSN President
The FSN would like to congratulate Dr. Reinaldo Rosario for his election as President of the Florida Society of Nephrology for 2017-2019. Dr. Rosario, who practices with Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension Consultants in Fort Lauderdale, has been a dedicated member of the FSN Leadership since 2009. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Oschner Medical Center in Louisiana prior to completing a Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida.
Dr. Rosario brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to the FSN Leadership and the unique perspective of an emerging leader in private practice. During his acceptance speech he outlined a series of priorities to include engaging more young nephrologists throughout the state in an effort to expand our reach and resources. We look forward to continued growth of the organization under his stewardship.
FSN Highlights the Research Initiatives in our Programs
The Robert Geronemus Fellows Research Competition is our opportunity each year to recognize the Fellows in programs throughout the state and the important research contributions they are making to the profession. The Program Committee felt that this year's applications were some of the best overall research submissions we have reviewed since the launch of the Competition.
We would like to thank all those that participated in the competition this year, and specifically recognize our two finalists.
Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) at the Time of Initiation of Hemodialysis and Clinical Outcomes
Aboud Hussain, M.D.
University of Florida
Renal Infarction - An Uncommon and Frequently Missed Diagnosis - A 20 year Experience
Luke Basdeo, M.D.
Michael Pickering, MD Receives the FSN Lifetime Achievement Award
The FSN also took a moment to recognize one of our leaders with the FSN Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Michael Pickering was recognized for his contributions to the profession and his dedicated service and leadership to the Nephrology Community in Florida. Dr. Pickering was unable to attend the Annual Meeting however his wife, Micky Sue Pickering, was in attendance to accept the award on his behalf.
Among his numerous accomplishments Dr. Pickering was one of the founding members of the Florida Society of Nephrology and served as our President from 1973-1975. He was instrumental in creating the Renal Disease Plan for Florida in 1975, and served on the Tampa General Hospital Dialysis and Transplantation Selection Committee from 1974 to 1980.
As you will see in his obituary here, it is with great sadness that we lost Dr. Pickering shortly after the FSN Annual Meeting. Our leadership is extremely greatly to have had the opportunity to recognize his achievements prior to his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with Micky Sue and his family.
FSN Planting the Seeds for the Next Generation
The FSN was extremely pleased to launch our Nephrology Outreach Program during the 2017 Annual Meeting. Responding to some of the concern with the number of physicians selecting Nephrology as their specialty, the FSN felt we had a role to play in mentoring some future Nephrologists currently training in Florida. The Leadership invested some resources in creating a scholarship program that would enable a number of Medical Students to participate in the Annual Meeting and learn a little more about the specialty and life as a practice Nephrologist.
We are very pleased to say that the program was an overwhelming success. We were fortunate to have 10 medical students and 3 residents attend the Annual Meeting. All of the students completed a pre-meeting and post-meeting survey to collect their perceptions on the profession. This survey data will be used to report back to the leadership and will guide future development of the program.