Escape Room Experience: Challenges and Advances in the Management of Anemia of CKD

Anemia is a common comorbidity in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and is associated with significant morbidity and impacts on quality of life. The complicated pathophysiology of the condition and the disadvantages associated with current treatments are some of the major barriers that clinicians face in reducing the burden of anemia in patients with CKD. Because of the low treatment rates for renal anemia, clinicians who treat patients with cardio-renal syndrome, including nephrologists, cardiologists, PCPs and others, need to be aware of the current treatments and guideline recommendations in this setting. Furthermore, due to the need for additional treatments, several agents are in advanced clinical development and have shown promising results, with one recently approved, albeit with important differences among them.

This activity consists of two parts: a webcast and an interactive activity modeled after an "escape room format'. During the webcast, faculty experts provide an overview and discuss the current state and advances in the evaluation and treatment of CKD anemia. As you transition to part 2, you will enter a virtual 'escape room', where you will have a chance to apply some of the concepts discussed in part 1, answer questions behind interactive 'hot spots', and collect clues to 'escape' the room.

Part I - Webcast

  •  Overview of Pathophysiology of Anemia in CKD

  • Treatment of Anemia in CKD – Current Guidelines

  • New and emerging approaches for anemia of CKD

  • Case and Panel Discussion

Part II - Escape Room Experience

  • Exam Room - Patient Case: Introduction, Assessment, and Current Treatment Options

  • Medical Office - Patient Case Continuation & Emerging Treatment Options

Target Audience

US-based healthcare professionals, including cardiologists, endocrinologists, lipidologists, primary care clinicians (PCPs), registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals involved in the management and treatment of cardiometabolic patients.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Review the burden, risk factors, and pathophysiology of anemia in CKD
  • List current approaches for the screening and diagnosis of anemia in CKD patients
  • Summarize current treatment options for anemia of CKD and challenges associated with their use
  • Review the role of emerging treatment options in addressing current treatment gaps for anemia in CKD
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 ABIM MOC and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.25 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.25 ANCC
  • 1.25 CDE
  • 1.25 Participation
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Ajay K. Singh, MBBS, FRCP (UK), MBA
Senior Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education
Director, Master in Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation (MMSCI) program
Physician, Renal Division, Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/ Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Dr. Singh discloses the following: 

Consultant, Advisor, Speaker: GSK, Bayer, Zydus, Nephrology Times


Bradley Denker, MD
Clinical Chief, Renal Division, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Dr. Denker has  no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.


Romela Petrosyan, MD
Nephrologist and Proceduralist, Renal Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Dr. Petrosyan has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.


1.25 hours


Supported by an educational grant from GSK.

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Partners for Advancing Clinical Education (PACE) and Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC).  PACE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


PACE designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.25 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.25 contact hours. Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advance Practice Registered Nurses will be designated on your certificate.


PACE designates this continuing education activity for 1.25 contact hours (0.125 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Universal Activity Number - JA4008073-9999-23-137-H01-P  Type of activity: Application 

For Pharmacists: Upon completing the post-test and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4 – 6 weeks.


This program offers 1.25 CPEUs for dietitians.

There are no registration fees for this activity. During the period April 26, 2023 through April 26, 2024, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, study the educational activity, obtain a score of 75% or better on the post-test, and complete the evaluation.  Upon completing, your certificate will be available for print. For questions about receiving certificates, please contact us at

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For Pharmacists: Please complete the evaluation instructions above. Upon registering and completing the activity evaluation, your transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4-6 weeks.

The PACE planners and others have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies. The CMHC planners and others have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies.

PACE requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all financial relationships they may have with ineligible companies. All relevant financial relationships are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PACE policy. PACE is committed to providing learners with high-quality accredited CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.


This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. 


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


Available Credit

  • 1.25 ABIM MOC and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.25 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.25 ANCC
  • 1.25 CDE
  • 1.25 Participation
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A computer with an internet connection

Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser

Other additional software may be required such as PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader.