Omaha, NE US
July 24, 2018

Up to 6.75 continuing education credits available. (.675 CEUs)
ACPE UAN 0860-0000-18-007-L01-P/0860-0000-18-007-L01-T 

8:15 a.m.

Innovations in Transplantation, Alan N. Langnas, DO, FACS
Dr. Langnas will give an overview of the history and future of transplantation and the role of quality outcomes and regulations guiding the way.

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize the history of transplant and explain how advancements lead to successful transplants.
  • State the importance of quality outcome standards and the impact of regulations.
  • Review the changes to the new organ-allocation policy and their presumed benefits.

9:00 a.m

Advanced Heart Failure in 2018: Pills, Pumps and Transplants — Oh My! Adam Burdorf, DO, MS
Dr. Burdorf will discuss various treatment options and financial implications for advanced heart failure.

Learning objectives:

  • Differentiate among the variety of treatment options and financial considerations for advanced heart failure.
  • State the patient-selection criteria for different treatment options for advanced heart failure.
  • Discuss when left-ventricular-assist-devices (LVADs) are used as a “bridge to transplant” versus “destination therapy.”

10:15 a.m.

Kidney Exchanges — “A Chain Reaction,” Arika Hoffman, MD
Dr. Hoffman will share the remarkable gifts for many transplant recipients through the generosity of anonymous donation and transplant chains.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain a transplant chain and how they work, from examples of recent experiences.
  • Emphasize the importance of living donation as the need for donation increases.
  • Describe the “Board of Hope” and discuss its role in transplant chains.

11:00 a.m.

Infectious Disease and “Super Bugs” in the Posttransplant Patient, Andre Kalil, MD
Dr. Kalil will discuss common posttransplant infectious diseases, as well as concerns regarding super bugs.

Learning objectives:

  • Define super bugs.
  • Address concerns for common posttransplant infections and super bugs.
  • Discuss immunosuppression drugs and their relationship to posttransplant infection risk and growth of a super bug.

11:45 a.m.

End-Stage-Renal Disease Treatment Options: Quality of Life and Financial Considerations, Eric Langewisch, MD
Dr. Langewisch will provide information regarding treatment options for end-stage-renal disease (ESRD) and the financial considerations of dialysis and transplantation.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss current treatment options for ESRD.
  • Compare and contrast the financial analysis of dialysis and transplantation.
  • Showcase a cost-effective case study.

1:15 p.m.

Intestinal Failure Case Studies, David F. Mercer, MD, PhD, FRCS(C), FACS
Dr. Mercer will share medical and surgical therapies in intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation that have shown positive outcomes and financial benefits. He will also discuss the benefits of a comprehensive intestinal rehabilitation and transplant program.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss both medical and surgical current, cutting-edge techniques for intestinal failure.
  • Compare and contrast the financial analysis for different treatment options that are available.
  • Showcase a cost-effective case study.

2:00 p.m.

Pregnancy in the Posttransplant Patient, Teresa Berg, MD
Dr. Berg will discuss the risks of pregnancy in the posttransplant patient and multidisciplinary management of the patient during the pregnancy.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss potential complications and risks during a transplant patient’s pregnancy and the role of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Address the concerns of immunosuppressive therapy while breastfeeding.
  • Explain the importance of a planned pregnancy with consideration of organ graft function and immunosuppressive therapy.

2:30 p.m.

The Ins and Outs of Starting a Lung Transplant Program, Aleem Siddique, MD
Dr. Siddique will discuss the organizational commitment, infrastructure, process and regulatory components required to start a new transplant program.

Learning objectives:

  • State the importance of foundational and organizational support needed to start a lung transplant program.
  • Summarize the regulatory process.
  • Discuss the financial challenges faced while waiting to be approved by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

3:15 p.m.

The Ethics of Organ Transplantation, Jacob Dahlke, MSB
Ethical and regulatory requirements often overlap in the field of transplantation. Mr. Dahlke will present examples of case studies that create ethical considerations that transplant centers are faced with in the allocation of human organs, recipient selection and transplantation.

Learning objectives:

  • Clarify general ethical principles in health care, including autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice and fiduciary responsibility.
  • Describe ethical principles in the context of organ transplantation, including resource allocation, and individual-level vs. population-level considerations and analyses.
  • Highlight barriers in developing a just and efficient transplant program, including offering recommendations for possible solutions.
  • Identify the three principles of primary importance in the allocation of human organs: utility, justice and respect for persons for an “equitable” allocation system.

4:15 p.m.

The Teen Years: Transition of Adolescent Transplant Patients to Adulthood, James Sorrell, MD
Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood is a difficult time for all teens. Dr. Sorrell will share insights and strategies to consider with the transition of adolescent transplant patients to adulthood.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the impact of peer relationships and its effect on self-esteem.
  • Explain the shift of responsibility from parents to individual self-management.
  • Discuss how health care coverage, when transitioning off parents’ insurance, is cause for concern among transplant patients.


Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.75 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 6.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
07/24/2018 - 8:15am EDT
Event ends: 
07/24/2018 - 4:45pm EDT
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68106
United States

Available Credit

  • 6.75 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 6.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
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