The second annual Transplant Quality Institute (TQI), sponsored by the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation (AFDT), will be held in Dallas, TX October 7-9, 2015.
The founding faculty is joined by guest faculty from CMS, UNOS, and SRTR participating in open forum Q and A sessions in addition to presentations on key topics and challenges.
This year includes an opportunity to submit an abstract on quality, improvement, data management, and patient safety to share best practices with your colleagues.
Submission deadline is August, 21st at midnight (2400 PST).
AST, AAKP, DLA, NKF, TRIO, and WLZ Joint Statement Regarding Living Donation
It has been estimated that nearly 700,000 Americans will have end-stage renal disease in 2015. Another 26 million individuals will suffer from some form of chronic kidney disease. Transplantation remains the most effective therapy for the majority of individuals with kidney failure. Unfortunately, the current system of organ donation is not meeting this growing need. Currently, more than 101,000 Americans are awaiting a kidney transplant, yet just over 17,100 transplants were performed last year.
Of the 17,106... Read More...
The Division of Transplantation (DoT) of the Department of Health and Human Services’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released recognition results from Phase IV of the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, sponsored by HRSA.
More than 730 hospitals and transplant centers were recognized recently for their outstanding voluntary efforts to promote organ donation between August 2014 and April 2015. This number represents a 56 percent increase in recognition over the previous phase of the campaign.
In addition, a number of state hospital... Read More...
Diplomates certified in nine subspecialties of internal medicine will no longer need to maintain underlying certifications to stay certified in those areas, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced on July 1, 2015. With this policy change, no disciplines in ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program will require underlying certification. All ABIM diplomates will be able to choose the certifications they wish to maintain.
The new policy, unanimously passed by the ABIM Council, goes into effect on January 1, 2016, and removes requirements of underlying certification in... Read More...
Making Donors Whole Again: How Can We Give Back?
Since 2004, the number of living kidney donations in the U.S. has been in decline. Many blame this trend on the high cost of donation, and some are working to rewrite the rules.
Kenneth Newell, MD, PhD, AST Immediate Past-President
Last year, about 17,000 people with kidney failure received the gift of life through organ donation. Remarkably, each year about 6,000 of these organs come from living donors: people who choose to literally give of themselves to save others.
Knowing the odds
Kidney donation is not the only type of living donation... Read More...
A guidance document and an interview form were updated by a group of subject matter experts, and the Stakeholder Review Group (roster
) finalized their revisions. Both of these Uniform Donor Risk Assessment Interview (DRAI) documents were initially made available on September 10, 2014 and updated versions can be accessed at these links:
Uniform DRAI - Birth Mother 5-20-15.pdf... Read More...
In recognition of exceptional commitment to the field of transplantation and outstanding service to the American Society of Transplantation, the AST is pleased to annouce that the following individuals have been selected as Fellows of the American Society of Transplantation (FAST):
Deborah B Adey M.D.
Khalid Abdulmohsen Al Meshari M.D., F.A.C.P.
James S. Allan M.D., M.B.A.
Rajendra S. Baliga M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.N.
William M. Bennett M.D.
Geetha Bhat M.D., Ph.D.
Emily A Blumberg M.D.
Gerald Brandacher M.D.
William E Braun M.D.
Kimberly Ann Brown M.D.
Robert S. Brown, Jr. M.D.
Paul Jeffrey... Read More...
The AST’s Transplantation and Immunology Research Network (TIRN) is proud to launch an initiative designed to support scholarships for pre-doctoral students (including undergraduate students) interested in gaining exposure to the field of transplantation immunology. This program is particularly well-suited to the student interested in having a dedicated summer laboratory experience, but also could be applicable to a mentored clinical experience in the field of transplantation. Mentors must be members of the AST in good-standing.
In 2015, up to four (4) AST TIRN Pre-Doctoral Scholarships will... Read More...
Save the Date for the Second Annual Transplant Quality Institute, sponsored by AFDT
Building on the success of the first Transplant Quality Institute (TQI), this eagerly anticipated second TQI will provide basic and advanced information, tools, and resources to ensure your program's performance meets the rigorous quality expectations to remain competitive and compliant in today's healthcare and marketplace.
In this three-day program, the expert faculty and invited speakers will describe in detail the quality assurance and performance improvement methodologies required for today's Transplant... Read More...