This conference is designed for health care professionals who care for and/or manage patients’ health care benefits, as well as those who have an interest in solid organ transplantation — including kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, and pediatric transplants — with added emphasis on management of unique complications associated with transplantation. In addition, the conference will address heart failure, stem cell transplantation, bone marrow transplantation and islet cell transplantation.
* Refer to the Continuing Education page for a listing of certifications that have been applied for and/or approved for this conference.
The instructional level of the educational activity is intermediate.
Conference educational objectives
After completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Identify developments in kidney transplantation, including the management of highly sensitized patients, new approaches to immunosuppression minimization, and current research in clinical tolerance induction;
- Recognize the impact and importance of the multidisciplinary team in optimizing outcomes and successful management of transplant recipients;
- Examine pancreas and islet transplantation for the treatment of diabetes.
- State advances, outcomes, and trends in living-donor liver and kidney transplantation;
- Relate emerging trends in advanced heart failure, focusing on the role of medical management, left-ventricular-assist devices, and cardiac transplantation;
- Describe the role of the depletion of alpha/beta cells in haploidentical transplantation in reducing graft-versus-host disease;
- Review current practices in donation-after-cardiac-death (DCD) transplantation and state the impact of the organ procurement organization and transplant program's relationship on the success of a DCD program;
- List indications, outcomes, and current trends in lung transplantation.
- State the changes driven by the Milan criteria for liver transplant patients with hepatocellular cancer and alcoholic liver disease;
- Discuss the advances in organ preservation methods, techniques and device usage, as well as its future direction in organ transplantation; and
- Describe the experience of organ donation from a transplant recipient's perspective.