This course is (1) 2-hour class and has been approved by CDR for 2 CPE credits

2020 Course Schedule

Class Dates:

  • Wednesday, July 22nd, from 1-3pm EST


**All classes will be recorded if you are unable to attend for the live event**

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to being a renal dietitian!

    • A special welcome from Jess

    • How to print the slides

    • How to attend the LIVE classes

    • Class Dates: **All classes will be recorded if you are unable to attend for the live event**

  • 2

    Bone Mineral Disease Management

    • Class Recording

    • Class Slides- Module 4

    • Test your learning

    • Blank VDRA Dosing Spreadsheet + Instructions

    • Phos Binders Dosing and Considerations

    • Excellent Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Overview

    • Hidden Phos 1

    • Hidden Phos 2

    • Article Understanding Sources of Dietary Phosphorus in the Treatment of Patients with CKD

    • Update on Phos Binders

    • THE-MAGIC-OF-YOUR-PHOSPHATE-BINDERS-HANDOUT

    • Phosphorus case studies

    • PTH Case studies

    • D3+K2 Blog Article

    • Phosphorus IQ Quiz

    • Binder Decision Trees

Course Objectives

Bone mineral disease is a HUGE part of a renal dietitian's job. We are THE BMD managers and looked to as the expert. This course is meant to give you not only a clear understanding so you can concisely explain why you recommend what you recommend, but also give you resources to master this clinical skill on a high level

Here's a little what you can expect:

  • Review relationship between PTH, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D

  • Bone and mineral diseases and how they impact calcium, PTH and phosphorus

  • Target ranges for bone and mineral labs

  • How medications impact bone and mineral labs

  • Overview of medications used in bone and mineral management- how they work, starting doses, considerations

  • For phosphorus, PTH, calcium and vitamin D- impact on CKD outcomes, causes of abnormal levels, dietary impact, evidence-based guidelines for target ranges, assessment and interventions, clinical tools for using different medications, sample protocols for monitoring and evaluation.

  • Case studies


If you're stumped by some crazy phos levels or can't understand why your PTH levels won't budge, then join Lindsey Zirker and Jessianna Saville for some down-to-earth, clear guidance so you can level-up this skill!


Your Instructor

Lindsey Zirker, MS, RD, CSR, LD


I am beyond excited to introduce Lindsey Zirker  as the instructor for the MNT in Hemodialysis Course. I met Lindsey at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinicals over ten years ago as a newbie dietitian and was immediately drawn to her in depth but practical knowledge regarding implementing the best science-based nutrition guidelines. As a new dietitian more than ten years ago, she answered many many many of my questions as I became oriented to working in dialysis 

Lindsey has been in the nephrology field in some capacity her entire career. She spent more than 10 years as the dietitian at the Idaho Kidney Center.  She now serves as the Program Development Director for the RenAlign non-profit and spends the majority of her time creating incredible evidence-based resources and courses to help renal dietitians. She runs a private practice on the side seeing people with early stage CKD.


She has an incredible capacity for taking a deep dive into the science of nutrition and assimilating it into practical practice. She is an accomplished speaker that can take complex science on topics such as inflammation or gut health, and make them simple and applicable in daily practice.