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McMaster PD Access Centre by SJHH (MPACS) Intro PD Catheter Insertion Course 2023

McMaster PD Access Centre by SJHH (MPACS) Intro PD Catheter Insertion Course 2023
April 28 - 29, 2023
1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ONĀ  L8S 4L8

McMaster University | Anatomy Lab

David Braley Research Institute   |  CMAS

This is a two-day, high-tech simulation course that will provide physicians hands-on experience with PD catheter insertions.  Attendees will learn both the unguided and the US-guided techniques. On day one, attendees will be in the anatomy lab at McMaster University to review the relevant human anatomy before proceeding to practice insertions on human cadavers in the afternoon.  On day two, attendees will continue to practice insertions in the wet lab, hosted by the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS).

Due to the hands-on nature of this program, the maximum group size will be limited to eight (8) physicians and four (4) nurses.  For more information on the wet lab facilities, please contact CMAS at info@cmas.ca or 905-522-1155 x35144.

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Learning Objectives


•To review human anatomy relevant to the insertion of PD catheters

•To learn the bedside unguided and US-guided PD catheter insertion techniques
•To gain hands-on experience performing insertions in a high-fidelity simulation environment



•To learn how to set-up sterile environment and instruments for a PD catheter insertion

•To learn how to assist physicians during an insertion

Target Audience

  • Practicing nephrologists
  • Radiologists
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses

Day 1

08:00      Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00      Presentations (3)
                       Anatomy Review, Unguided Insertion, Guided Insertion
11:45      Lunch Break
12:30      Hands-on Experience in Anatomy lab
                       Unguided Insertion with Dr. To (2 hours)
                       Ultrasound-guided Insertion with Dr. Yang (2 hours)
16:30      Wrap up

Day 2

08:30      Sign-in and Continental Breakfast
08:50      Q&A Session
09:10      Presentations (3)
                        Setting up an Insertion Program, Patient Selection, Complications
11:00       Wet Lab Orientation
11:30       Lunch (flexible)
12:00       Hands-on Experience in the Wet lab
                       Unguided Insertion with Dr. To (2 hours)
                       Ultrasound-guided with Dr. Yang (2 hours)
16:00       Wrap up and Evaluations

*Subject to change without notice.

Dr. Karen To, MD, FRCPC 
Associate Professor
Division of Nephrology
Department of Medicine
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Dr. Robert Yang, MSc, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor
Division of Nephrology
Department of Medicine
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Associate Professor
Karen To, MD FRCPC
McMaster University

Associate Professor
Robert Yang, MSc, MD, FRCPC
McMaster University


Interim Clinical Director Kidney Urinary Program
Nurse Manager Vascular Access Clinic & Dialysis NPs 
Yolanda Berghegen , RN, MN, CNeph(C)
St. Joseph's Healthcare

Nurse Manager 
Annalisa Voskamp, BNSc, MSc, RN, CNeph
St. Joseph's Healthcare

CMAS Manager
Marie Fairgrieve
McMaster University /St. Joseph's Healthcare

Education Coordinator
Magda Gillies
St. Joseph's Healthcare

Excellent experience with lots of hands on and coaching.



Fantastic all around.

Interventional Radiologist

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Email:    info@cmas.ca

Phone:   905-522-1155  x35144

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