This full-day interactive course, developed and presented by field experts, broadly examines the comprehensive donation and transplant process for the multidisciplinary healthcare team – including early-career critical care providers, residents, fellows, nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, advanced clinicians and early-career OPO professionals. ODASSCE utilizes multiple teaching modalities, including interactive lecture, case scenario and video to address the history of donation and transplantation, as well as the overall system, clinical considerations, administrative processes, roles and responsibilities within the comprehensive organ donation process.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the historic and present overview of the U.S. organ donation and transplantation system and discuss the legal and ethical considerations.
  • Identify basic characteristics of a potential donor and define the two potential pathways for cadaveric organ donation.
  • Explain both administrative and medical aspects involved in the donation process, such as determination of brain death, donation facilitation in special situations, and the physician role, intensivist and palliative care, in end-of-life care in the ICU.
  • Identify and describe the principles and goals of organ donor management.
  • Discuss the psychosocial and grief resource needs and identify principles of effective communication with a potential donor family.
  • Articulate and describe the factors and practices which contribute to a culture of donation in a hospital system and successful integration of best practices of organ donation into hospital processes, through collaboration between the hospital and organ procurement organization.
  • Describe how organ donation can benefit donors by honoring their wishes and have a positive impact on donor families and transplant recipients.

  • Target Audience

    ODASSCE is recommended for:

    • Early-career critical care providers
    • Medical students
    • Residents
    • Fellows
    • Nurses
    • Physicians
    • Attendings
    • Respiratory therapists
    • Advanced clinicians
    • Early-career OPO professionals
    • Administrators
    • Social workers
    • Pastoral care
    • Other health care professionals who may be involved in the organ donation process
  • CEU Information

    The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will be offering 8.0 Category I CEPTC credits from the American Board for Transplant Certification.

    The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance is offering 8.0 hours of continuing education credit for this offering, approved by The California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17117. No partial credits will be awarded. CE credit will be issued upon request within 14 days post forum.

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) and Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance). WRTC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. WRTC designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. The Alliance has applied for 8 credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Course Outline

    The ODASSCE course will include interactive discussion of the following course content:

    Chapter 1: The History and Overview of Donation and Transplantation

    • Section I: The History of Organ Donation and Transplantation
    • Section II: Legal History of Donation
    • Section III: Ethics of Transplantation

    Chapter 2: The Need for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors

    Chapter 3: The Donation and Transplantation System

    Chapter 4: Patients as Donors

    Chapter 5: Death by Neurological Criteria (Brain Death)

    Chapter 6: Hospital and OPO Collaboration

    Chapter 7: Family Interactions

    Chapter 8: The Beneficiaries of Organ Donation and Transplantation

    Chapter 9: Facilitating Donation in Special Situations

    Chapter 10: Creating a Culture of Donation: Integrating Donation into the Hospital System

    Chapter 11: Donor ICU Management

    • Section I: ICU Management of the Organ Donor
    • Section II: Neuroresuscitation of the Neurocritically Ill Patient
    • Section III: Donor Management Goals

    Chapter 12: End-of-Life Care in the ICU

    • Section I: The Intensivist Perspective
    • Section II: The Palliative Care Perspective
    • Section III: The Donor Family Perspective

    Chapter 13: Organ Donation in Pediatric Patients

    Chapter 14: Case Scenarios

  • Course Guide Book

    Attendance of the course includes a copy of the published ODASSCE Course Guide. (Pre-reading of chapters 1-3 is required prior to course attendance.)


    • Christopher P. Michetti, MD, FACS, FCCM (Senior Editor)
    • Galen Henderson, MD

    Contributing Editors:

    • Hedi Aguiar, RN, MSN
    • LeAnn Swanson, MPH
    • Corey Bryant, BA

    Special Editorial Assistance:

    • Willy Mathes
  • Core Faculty
    • Christopher Michetti, MD, FACS, FCCM – Course Chair
      Associate Chief, Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, Inova Fairfax Hospital, VA
    • Galen Henderson, MD – Course Chair
      Director, Neuroscience ICU, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MA
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  • Host ODASSCE at Your Facility

    We would be thrilled to present ODASSSCE at your facility! To learn more about hosting an ODASSCE seminar, please contact The Alliance at info@odt-alliance.org, or 786-866-8730.

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