The Macedonian Society for Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs (MSNDTAO) was established on September 1, 1992 in order to stimulate the development of nephrology and to unite experts from all professions interested in the research and treatment of kidney patients. Momir H. Polenakovic was elected President of MSNDTAO.The First congress of MSNTAO was held in Ohrid from October, 7 to 10, 1993 in hotel "Desaret" under the auspices of the first President of R. Macedonia, Kiro Gligorov. During the Congress, the Balkan Cities Association of Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs (BANTAO) was formed on October 9, 1993. The idea of cooperation with the Department of Nephrology from the Ege University, Izmir, R. Turkey was promoted. Some of the presented papers were published in the Proceedings "Nephrology '93" as a supplement to the Macedonian medical review. The "Doctrine for performing nephrological activity in the Republic of Macedonia" was also promoted.The Second congress of MSNDTAO was held in Struga, R. Macedonia from September, 6 to 10, 1997 together with the Second BANTAO Congress. Selected papers were printed in the Macedonian Medical Review.The Third congress of MSNDTAO was held from May, 30 to June 2, 2001 in Skopje, at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA). Proceedings of papers was also published.In 2011 M. H. Polenakovic was elected Honorary President of MSNDTAO for life, and Goce Spasovski was elected the current President of MSNDTAO.The Fourth congress of MSNDTAO was held in Ohrid from June, 21 to 24, 2012 together with the Fourth Meeting of the South-Eastern European Pediatric Nephrology Working Group (SEEPNWG).The Fifth congress of MSNDTAO was held from June, 9 to 12, 2016 in Skopje, at MASA together with the 6th Southeastern European Pediatric Nephrology Working Group (SEPNWG) Meeting and IPNA (International Pediatric Nephrology Association) Teaching Course. The VIII Macedonian-Croatian Nephrology Days were also held during the Congress.The Sixth congress of MSNDTAO was held from September, 26 to 29, 2019 along with the 15th BANTAO Congress, in Skopje, at MASA. The Congress also marked the 80th anniversary of the birth of M. H. Polenakovic.Apart from the participants from R. Macedonia, the congress was attended by renowned nephrologists from Europe and the world.A novelty of the last congresses was the organization of 9 CME (Continuing Medical Education) courses with famous lecturers. CME courses supported by the ERA-EDTA and / or the ISN were as follows: 2005 - Ohrid (BANTAO), 2006 - Skopje (MSNDTAO), 2009 - Skopje (MSNDTAO), 2010 - Skopje (ERA-EDTA - ESAO), 2011 Skopje (ERA-EDTA - EUTox group), 2012 - Ohrid (MSNDTAO), 2014 -Skopje (MSNDTAO), 2016 - Skopje (MSNDTAO), 2018 - Skopje (MSNDTAO - ERA-EDTA & ISN), 2019 - Skopje (BANTAO - ISN & ERA-EDTA).In addition to the congresses, MSNDTAO has held meetings with nephrological associations from the neighboring countries as Croatia, Serbia, Albania and Kosovo.The congresses of MSNDTAO contributed to the introduction and education of doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney patients. They were a strong stimulus for the development of nephrology in R. Macedonia and beyond.
Keywords: CME (Continuing Medical Education); Congresses; Dialysis; Macedonian Society for Nephrology; Transplantation and Artificial Organs (MSNDTAO).