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October 17, 2019 Posted by eblumberg

It is that time of the year again! The COP Donation Derby has officially started, allowing our Communities of Practice (COPs) to engage with their members and fundraise for important initiatives and projects.

The AST’s COPs do incredible work and bring great ideas to the table. While it is not possible for the AST to fund every project, event, or initiative that a COP suggests, the Donation Derby provides an opportunity for the COPs to reach their potential each year.

What is the Donation Derby?

From now to...

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July 29, 2019 Posted by eblumberg

The 2019 Fellows Symposium will be here before we know it. On September 27-29, we will head to Grapevine, TX for this exclusive meeting that focuses on enriching the careers of young professionals in the field of transplantation.

To offer further insights on the meeting, I have invited past Fellows attendees, Arpita Basu, MD, MPH and Nissreen Elfadawy MD to write a guest blog post about their experiences. Since attending the Fellows Symposium, both Arpita and Nissreen have remained active with the AST and continue to develop their careers.

If you are a trainee who is...

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June 26, 2019 Posted by eblumberg

It was an honor to be elected AST President on June 3, 2019. After over 20 years of being an AST member, I am thrilled to have the privilege of leading our Society.

The AST is made up of members from diverse specialties and backgrounds, but we all have the same final goal – to improve the lives of our current and future patients.

As I begin this year as President, I would like to highlight some of my biggest goals for the year.

Expanding the opportunities for our diverse constituencies to realize their potential

As a founding member of the first COP, I am...

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March 27, 2019 Posted by dmckay

In Spring 2018, the AST distributed an online survey to its membership to help us better understand how to meet the needs of our Society. The membership responses helped us form a new 1-3-year strategic plan.

The AST Board of Directors, along with the leaders of our 16 Communities of Practice (COPs), reviewed the survey results and incorporated member feedback into the Society’s new plan.

The final plan was completed and approved at the February board meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Notable changes to our strategic plan included an increased commitment to the transplant...

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January 16, 2019 Posted by dmckay

There are countless reasons to attend our 7th annual Cutting Edge in Transplantation meeting in Phoenix, AZ. At this meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with your colleagues at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore resort and enjoy spectacular views and beautiful weather. Preceding the meeting, the Sensitization in Transplantation: Assessment of Risk (STAR) meeting will also be held.

CEoT 2019 will provide an...

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December 17, 2018 Posted by dmckay

We began our second year as a self-managed organization in January. Before January 2017, the AST was managed by an association management company that handled our staffing, accounting, and technical support needs.

With only two years under our belt as a self-managed organization, we have accomplished so much within the various areas of the Society. The AST had a big year in 2017, but 2018 also came with a number of highlights.

Communities of Practice

In January, the AST introduced its...

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November 05, 2018 Posted by rformica

Written by AST Secretary, Richard Formica

 

This year, two leading charity evaluators, Charity Navigator and GuideStar, awarded AST with their highest rating. This designation assures donors that the Society is operating with the transparency, commitment to accountability, and fiscal responsibility that is required of top-tier charitable organizations. It also...

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October 23, 2018 Posted by dmckay

The AST Communities of Practice (COPs) offer invaluable opportunities for those in the field of transplantation to connect with others in their specialties. There are big ideas among these groups, but limited funds often prevent these ideas from being executed.

Now through December 31, 2018, the AST will hold its second annual COP Donation Derby. The Donation Derby allows COP members to support the AST and their COP’s initiatives. Prizes of $1,000 are given to the COP who raises the most money, as well as the COP that has...

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July 24, 2018 Posted by dmckay

As you may know, the 2018 Fellows Symposium in Transplantation will be held September 28-30, 2018, in Grapevine, TX. This meeting provides an exclusive opportunity for fellows to participate in specialized scientific sessions and network with senior faculty in our field. Since this meeting was established over twenty years ago, attendees of the Fellows Symposium have worked up to leadership positions within the AST, including the Board of Directors.

To offer further insights about the meeting, I have invited 2017 Fellows attendee, Ali Ahmadi, to write a guest blog post about her...

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June 20, 2018 Posted by dmckay

It was a true honor to be elected as President of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) on June 4. Thank you to everyone who attended the Town Hall at ATC to welcome our incoming leadership.

For over 25 years, I have been directly involved with the AST in various capacities. I look forward to working together with my leadership colleagues and our membership to set the stage for the AST’s future success. My overall vision for my AST Presidency is to improve the lives of organ transplant recipients by expanding public outreach and integrating the AST with patients, clinicians...

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