Peritoneal Dialysis University for Surgeons

Program Description

Program Description

PD (Peritoneal Dialysis) University for Surgeons provides a two-step approach to training general surgeons to place catheters for peritoneal dialysis using laparoscopic techniques. The first step involves an online series of comprehensive lectures covering all aspects of creating and maintaining PD access. The lecture topics are organized in a logical fashion, one subject building upon the previous, and therefore can only be viewed in the prescribed sequence. Once viewed, each video can be revisited multiple times, but the entire series should be completed within 60 days of starting the course. Upon completion of the series, the learner may request CME credits.

Completion of the didact lecture portion of this program also qualifies the participant to register for the CME accredited second step of the course comprised of a hands-on workshop of PD access techniques. A calendar of upcoming hands-on workshops will be announced on this website at a future date. This course is designed for surgeons with basic surgical experience, including sterile techniques (glove/gowning) and administering local anesthesia, dissection, and suturing. Surgery residents in training are welcome.

Although there are no prerequisites for this course, it is designed for surgeons who have experience with PD catheter insertions, or are aspiring to do so.


Medical Professionals

  • CME Credits
  • Didactic Lectures on Demand
  • Qualify to Attend Future Hands-on Sessions


Lecture Title


Peritoneal Dialysis as Renal Replacement Therapy: Basic Concepts and Clinical Indications and Contraindications for Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Insertion


Preoperative Assessment, Planning, and Preparation: Principles and Best Practices for Creating Reliable Long-Term Access

John H. Crabtree, MD

Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Implantation: Surgical Approaches for Creating Long-Term Peritoneal Access

Rockson Liu, MD

Special Peritoneal Access Methods: Extended 2-Piece Catheters and Catheter Embedding

John H. Crabtree, MD

Managing PD Catheter Complications: Salvaging Catheters from Infectious and Mechanical Complications

Peter T. Kennealey, MD, FACS

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through a joint providership of USF Health and ISPD – International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis. USF Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum 4 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

We gratefully acknowledge the following
for their support of this activity

Baxter Healthcare - Unrestricted Educational Grant

DaVita – Unrestricted Educational Grant

Fresenius Medical Care - Unrestricted Educational Grant

This Program is Jointly provided by

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