Mini fellowship at Gift of Life Institute, Philadelphia to improve organ donation and transplantation
Dr. Hemal Kanvinde, Quality Assurance Officer of MOHAN Foundation (MF) underwent Gift of Life Institute’s (GOLI) Mini Fellowship in Organ Donation and Transplantation from 28th October to 7th November 2019 in Philadelphia, USA. The Mini Fellowship was sponsored through an educational grant from MOHAN, USA. It comprised personal interactions, observational learning, and an organ donation and transplant summit.
Gift of Life Donor Program, Philadelphia is one of the largest Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO) that covers deceased organ and tissue donation in the tristate zone of eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey. Gift of Life Donor Program manages every facet of the donation process, coordinates the recovery of organs and tissues, and allocates the organs to suitable recipients as per UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) allocation policies.
Many parts of their work were explained through interactions with the staff. The observational visits were at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Virtua Memorial Hospital, and Einstein Medical Center. During the fellowship, Dr. Hemal was housed at the Gift of Life Family House. This is part of the services provided for the transplant patients and their caregivers at affordable prices. It provides lodging, food, transport and other support services. Volunteers come and prepare hot evening meals for transplant patients and families. She said that the Mini Fellowship was a great learning experience and expressed her gratitude to Mr. Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program, and Ms. Theresa Daly, Director, Gift of Life Institute.
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