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9th Annual UC San Diego Essentials & Advances in Apheresis Therapies

Course Description

This 2½-day multidisciplinary program will be hosted virtually and is designed to appeal to first time attendees and to returning participants. Expert reviews of the essentials will be augmented with selected new topics and discussions of advances and innovations.

  • Nationally and internationally recognized leaders will present didactic sessions and conduct interactive discussions
  • Fundamentals will include in-depth reviews of basic principles, procedures, prescribing, clinical management and care of special populations
  • Updates on selected disease indications will be supplemented by case studies and new clinical science
  • Symposia will review plasma exchange, cell apheresis modalities, technology innovations, and program management
  • The popular sessions on Frontiers in Apheresis Science and Expertise in Apheresis Practice will continue with updated topics
  • Breakfast with the Experts will be offered. Each session will focus on a different area of interest and will provide opportunities for interactive discussions
  • Participants will be offered small group sessions led by experienced practitioners demonstrating various techniques and machines used in therapeutic apheresis
  • Conference attendees will have the opportunity to submit challenging cases for discussion during an expert panel session

Target Audience

The target audience for this initiative includes physicians and allied health professionals interested in therapeutic apheresis, including both established practitioners and those embarking on a new apheresis service. The content is aimed at nephrologists, hematologists, clinical pathologists, blood bankers and nurses.

Educational Objectives

Overall Program Objectives

At the completion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Review current clinical indications for therapeutic plasmapheresis, photopheresis and other cytapheresis procedures, per ASFA guidelines
  • Discuss options for vascular access, anticoagulation, and prescription for the various apheresis techniques, and be able to evaluate and treat their associated complications
  • Recognize and understand important pharmacologic issues that arise with apheresis procedures, including timing of administration, drug removal, as well as impact on anticoagulation
  • Identify apheresis techniques in specialized populations such as pediatrics, LDL-apheresis, and Immune Effector Cell therapies (IEC, which includes CAR-T cells, etc.).
  • Discuss apheresis program management issues
  • Recognize recent developments in clinical trials and new applications of apheresis therapies

Small Group Sessions Learning Objectives

At the completion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish the apheresis modalities that can be performed by different types of apheresis equipment, such as centrifugal machines, membrane separators, secondary plasma purification and cell processing systems
  • Describe the blood pathway configuration of each machine studied, and the operator-controlled adjustments that are typically needed
  • Discuss the typical blood flow rate, anticoagulation and fluid replacement requirements of each machine studied
  • Identify various vascular access options available for apheresis, including tips for successful peripheral IV placement as well as various port options


Thursday, February 24, 2022

​8:00 am - 12:10 pm 
​Plenary Session
​12:10 pm
​1:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Plenary Session
​5:15 pm 
​Adjourn for the Day

Friday, February 25, 2022

​7:00 am - 7:45 am
​Breakfast with the Experts (pre-registration required)
​8:00 am - 12:10 pm
​Plenary Session
​12:10 pm
1:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Plenary Session
​5:15 pm
​Adjourn for the Day

​Saturday, February 26, 2022 ​

​7:00 am - 10:30 am
Plenary Session
​10:30 am - 12:30 pm
​Small Group Sessions (focused on machines & techniques)
​12:30 pm
Concluding Remarks & Final Adjournment


UC San Diego Course Directors

Course Directors

Amber P. Sanchez, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Medical Director, Apheresis Program

David M. Ward, MD, FRCP, HP (ASCP)
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Founder, Apheresis Program



 Register Online

On or Before January 23, 2022

On or After January 24, 2022

Physicians and Industry$550
Residents and Fellows, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals
​UC San Diego Nurses

Online registration closes Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Cancellation Policy: The full course tuition is refundable, less $50 if your cancellation is received in writing, on or before February 18, 2022. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, UC San Diego is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee.

The 2022 Apheresis Conference syllabus will be available electronically. The full course syllabus as well as any missing presentations will be available for download on the conference website approximately (1) one week after the conference. UC San Diego Continuing Medical Education (CME) is committed to creating a healthy and sustainable environment. 


The University of California San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA: The University of California San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please note the maximum number of credits available for participation in the following session(s):
  • General Session (Thursday, Friday, Saturday): A maximum of 19.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available.
  • Breakfast with the Experts (Friday) and General Session (Thursday, Friday, Saturday): A maximum of 19.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 19.75 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (report up to 19.75 hours of credit and list CME Category 1" as the provider number).

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 19.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Disclosure Statement: It is the policy of University of California San Diego Continuing Medical Education to ensure that the content of accredited continuing education and related materials is accurate, balanced, objective, and scientifically justified. Education must be free of the influence or control of ineligible companies, and protect learners from promotion, marketing, and commercial bias.  All persons in a position to control the content of accredited education must disclose all financial relationships held with ineligible companies, prior to assuming a role in the activity. Those relationships deemed relevant to the education, are mitigated prior to the activity through one of the following strategies: 1) divesting the financial relationship, 2) altering the individual’s control over content, and/or 3) validating the content through independent peer review. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the activity. Activities are evaluated by participants and peer reviewers to determine if the content was free of bias and met acceptable scientific standards. This information is considered in future activity planning. 

Exhibitor Opportunities & Supporters

Exhibitor Opportunities

Exhibit Fee - $1000

  • Listed on virtual exhibit hall page with hyperlink to vendor website.
  • Acknowledged in Course Syllabus
  • Two complimentary admissions to virtual conference
  • Live chat with attendees via Zoom room at appointed time. *Vendor to supply zoom link.

Please read the UC San Diego CME Exhibitor Policy and then apply to be an exhibitor.

Please note: Payment is due in full prior to the start of the program and no refunds will be issued for cancellations. Credit Card is the preferred method of payment.


We welcome the support of this activity in the form of educational grants. As a supporter, your company or organization will be acknowledged in the conference materials.   

Please read the UC San Diego CME Policy on Commercial Support and the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.

Contact Us

UC San Diego School of Medicine
Continuing Medical Education
9500 Gilman Drive, MC0947
La Jolla, CA 92093-0947
Phone: (858) 534-3940 or (888) 229-6263
Fax: (858) 534-1896

Bermellyn N. Imamura, CMP
Program Manager

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