Optimizing your Living Kidney Donor Program

This educational series is targeted towards all members of the Living Donor Kidney Transplant team and Administrators to operationalize and optimize best practice recommendations from the Consensus Conference specific to transplant programs. Transplant centers vary widely in volumes, live donor candidacy criteria, staffing models, and allocation of resources. The intent of this series is to increase awareness of practices that may help programs improve practices and achieve growth. These activities will provide tangible examples of practices that can be implemented at a center’s own pace to maximize and optimize their living donor program.  

How Do I Register?
AST members and their ILDAs can participate free of charge by registering for the series through the AST member’s account. Non-members of AST can purchase each webinar for just $50 or you can register for the whole series for $200. Registration includes access to the live webinars as well as the archived content after each webinar, so you can register at any time, even if some webinars have already taken place.

If you are a transplant professional without a doctoral degree, you can join AST as a member for only $90 annually. This may be of interest as a way to access the webinars as part of your AST member benefits. See if you are eligible to join AST here.

During the checkout process, the fee is removed when you log in with an AST member username and password. Non-members will create a new account during checkout, and pay the fee.

Is there continuing education credit available?
There is not continuing education credit available for this webinar.

Is there a certificate of participation?
Participants are able to print a certificate of completion at the conclusion of each webinar to provide to their employers. The certificate is only available to the individual who originally registered for the series, because the certificate requires completion of an evaluation and post-test, which are tied to an individual person's account. If you require a certificate, you must register yourself for the webinar series; you will not be able to watch in a group setting and claim a certificate. 

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Optimizing Kidney Paired Donation

Originally aired Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 1 pm ET


After participating, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss strategies to optimize access to transplant with KPD.
  2. Discuss surgical challenges including real time swap failures.
  3. Describe the required infrastructure needed to successful operationalize a KPD program
  4. Discuss financial challenges and barriers within KPD

Marc Melcher, MD, PhD • Stanford University
Debbie Mast • Stanford University
Janet Hiller, RN, MSN • Johns Hopkins Hospital

Moderator: Marian Charlton, RN, CCTC • New York Presbyterian Hospital

Financial Barriers to Living Kidney Donation: Educational Strategies for Potential Donors to Minimize Risk

Originally aired Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1 pm ET


Read the Q & A that wasn't answered during the live webinar
After participating, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss strategies to educate and assist patients in minimizing financial burden of living donation.
  2. Discuss program strategies to ensure proper coverage of donor care (& complications) in contracting, & most effective utilization of donor cost acquisition report to minimize costs donors incur.
  3. Discuss ways to educate donors and recipients about NOTA compliance in the context of fundraising.

Lara Tushla, LCSW • Rush Transplant Center
Andrea Tietjen, CPA, MBA • Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Moderator: Rebecca Hays, MSW • University of Wisconsin Transplant Clinic

Living Kidney Donation Education: Strategies to Optimize the Education Process for Candidates and Donors

Originally aired Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Read the Q & A that wasn't answered during the live webinar
After participating, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain the benefit of providing living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) education earlier in the disease process, and identify strategies for repetition throughout the process.
  2. Discuss engagement of patients with end-stage renal disease, their families, and possible living donors to emphasize medical facts about living donor evaluation, surgery and recovery, advantages of living donation, and strategies for how to find living donors.
  3. Review comprehensive risk and benefit information about LDKT, known fears or concerns about LDKT, and stories about real-life LDKT and LKD experiences for both recipients/potential donors
  4. Identify novel approaches to LDKT education that have shown success

Marie Morgievich, RN, APN.C, CCTC • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Marian Charlton, RN, CCTC • New York Presbyterian Hospital
Tammy Wright, RN, BSN, CCTC • Sharp Health Care

Moderator: Carrie Lindower • Stony Brook University Hospital

Reaching the Hard to Reach: Strategies to Reduce Cultural Barriers in Living Kidney Donation

Originally aired Tuesday, November 8, 2016


After participating, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of initiating culturally competent discussions about living kidney donation with potential donors and candidates
  2. Identify ways to integrate culturally tailored navigation assistance throughout the donation and transplant process.
  3. Describe at least one innovative programs to reduce cultural barriers to living kidney donation

Speaker: Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Moderator: Jim Rodrigue, PhD • Transplant Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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