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April, 2016

April 15, 2016
In 2016, the AST launched an ATC Travel Award for students and residents interested in obtaining more exposure to the field of transplantation. Please join us in congratulating this year's award recipients: Kevin Eddinger, University of Pennsylvania Jodie Franzil, MD, Wake Forest University Grace Lee, MD, University of Pennsylvania Jessica Little, University of Virginia Priya Marathe, Emory University Amara Seng, University of Kansas Jacob Tatum, University of Virginia Joshua Yang, ... Read More...
April 01, 2016
On April 1, 2016, President Barack Obama proclaimed April 2016 as National Donate Life Month and called upon health care professionals, volunteers, educators, government agencies, faith-based and community groups, and private organizations to join forces to boost the number of organ, eye, and tissue donors. "During National Donate Life Month, we lift up the thousands of selfless individuals across America who are living or registered organ donors. And as we honor those who have saved lives in the past by donating organs, we recommit to supporting the researchers, innovators, advocates, and... Read More...

March, 2016

March 24, 2016
As the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) partners with physicians to enhance the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, ABIM seeks your input in an upcoming study to examine the possibility of ABIM providing access to online resources, such as UpToDate, during an assessment of medical knowledge.  ABIM has heard from many physicians that they would like to have access to online resources during MOC assessments since they use these tools in practice. This study will provide crucial insights into how the use of online resources might impact both diplomate experience and... Read More...
March 14, 2016
As you are likely aware, we are in the midst of a Zika virus outbreak in the Americas. Zika is transmitted by mosquitos and is an asymptomatic or self-limited illness in the vast majority of infected persons. Relatively little is known about how the virus behaves in immunosuppressed persons. However, Zika is an emerging infectious disease and we need to consider its impact on transplant recipients and organ donors. There exists a potential for donor-derived Zika virus infectious with unknown consequencces for recipients. The FDA issued the following guidance for industry on donor screening... Read More...
March 09, 2016
The Cutting Edge of Transplantation (CEOT) meeting, held February 25-27 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore, addressed the shortfall between the demand and availability of organs for transplantation. CEOT, the winter meeting of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), had record-breaking attendance in 2016 with over 400 transplantation professionals gathered to discuss a multifaceted approach to addressing the current organ shortage. CEOT 2016 focused on how the effects of redistricting, the possibility of incentives, and the use of marginal donors impact the donor organ supply... Read More...
March 09, 2016
Please join the AST in welcoming the 25 newly elected members of the OPTN/UNOS board of directors, including a new president, vice-president/president-elect, vice president for patient and donor affairs, and secretary. These board members will begin their service on July 1, 2016. Visit the OPTN/UNOS website for a full list
March 02, 2016
Background On March 1, 2017, the "Living Donor Protection Act of 2017" was reintroduced to Congress by Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. Where Did the Legislation Originate? The AST's public policy team has worked alongside other national organ transplant stakeholder leader organizations as well as a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders to develop and introduce this important public policy proposal. The national transplant advocacy community is now working together to... Read More...

February, 2016

February 25, 2016
Legislation seeks to promote and protect living organ donors from discrimination WASHINGTON, DC - The American Society of Transplantation (AST), the largest organization of transplantation professionals in North America, applauds the introduction of the Living Donor Protection Act of 2016 by Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York, and Congressman Michael Burgess, MD of Texas.   The legislation seeks to: Prohibit denial of coverage or increase in premiums of life or disability insurance for living organ donors;... Read More...
February 15, 2016
As part of an effort to engage the medical community in enhancement of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is reaching out to all physicians board certified in nephrology for feedback on the MOC exam blueprint. The blueprint is the tool ABIM uses to design an exam to assure content appropriately covers the field. ABIM will use your feedback and that of your colleagues to update the content of the Nephrology MOC exam. "This blueprint review process will help to ensure that the MOC exam is reflective of what nephrology specialists in... Read More...
February 10, 2016
Each COP is governed by an Executive Committee (EC) elected by that COP’s members. The EC defines and plans COP initiatives with input and involvement from fellow COP members. Visit the elections page to nominate yourself or a colleague. Any AST member may submit a nomination. Nominees must be members of the COP to which they’re being nominated and AST members in good standing. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 26, at 5:00 pm EST.

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