Women’s Health Community of Practice (WHCOP)

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The AST Women’s Health Community of Practice (WHCOP) is hosting a networking event during Kidney Week 2018 for fellows and residents considering the field of kidney and pancreas transplantation.

This event is free and open to anyone interested in a career in kidney and pancreas transplantation. Please consider inviting your young colleagues who may find this event helpful!

Transplant Nephrology: Fellowship and Career Opportunities 
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Hilton Bayfront Sapphire Ballroom E

Please RSVP to christina.klein@piedmont.com

2018-2019 Executive Committee

Staff Liaison: Anne Kreiss (akreiss@myAST.org)

Chair: Christina Klein (2019)
Co-Chair:Deirdre Sawinski (2019)
Past Chair and Board Liaison: Deborah Adey (2019)
Lisa Coscia (2019)
Monika Sarkar (2019)
Elizabeth Chua (2020)
Trainee: Itunu Owoyemi (2019)

2018-2019 Initiatives

  • ATC program proposals
  • AST award nominations
  • Educational initiatives/projects
  • Member needs assessment survey (see below)
  • Proposal to AST board to provide childcare and pumping resources at the ATC meeting 2019
  • Journal club
  • Submit several ATC program proposal submissions -collaborate with other COPs as appropriate
  • Submit proposal when consensus conference opportunities arise through AST
  • Host interactive webinar focused on mentorship for WHCOP members
  • Submission of at least one original science or review article
  • Host AST/AJT journal club June 13th (scheduled)
  • Create T3 Webinar “Family Planning in SOT” (accepted)
  • Review our mission statement at the annual business meeting and solicit member feedback
  • Attend AST board and committee luncheon at ATC
  • Create and circulate an online survey to assess WHCOP member needs, interest in speaking/committee participation/mentorship
  • Post articles and resources on the HUB (journal club, articles related to career, Newsletter)
  • Nominate COP members for leadership positions and AST awards
  • Generate a list of women speakers/content experts
  • Create a WHCOP Facebook page after identifying a social media lead
  • Sponsor a transplant networking event at the ASN Annual Meeting
  • Host joint networking event with WIT at 2018 ATC “Empowering Women in Transplant”.  Use this first joint event to strengthen partnership with WIT
  • Encourage member participation and generate ideas using business meeting at ATC 2018 and through the HUB
  • Create opportunity for networking through closed Facebook community page
  • Attend COP “meet and greet” at ATC
  • Send welcome emails to new COP members
  • Membership needs survey as above
  • Improve member participation to retain members
  • Provide a newsletter to the membership quarterly
  • Announcements via HUB for events, elections, grants, other announcements
  • Updates to Board as requested