In order to earn CME credit for this course, participants must view the online training course in its entirety, pass the post-test with a minimum of 80%, and complete the course evaluation. There is no fee associated with obtaining CME credit.


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Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement:

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives:

With the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the roles of different members of the multidisciplinary team of professionals in the donation process
  2. Explain how full clinical management of critically ill or dying patients can preserve their ability to become organ donors that otherwise would be lost if treatments were limited
  3. Differentiate myths from facts regarding the donation process
  4. Examine how collaboration between an OPO and the clinical team leads to a more successful donation process

Content Experts:

The following individuals served as the developers of this activity and their disclosures are listed below.

Richard B. Freeman, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Cyndy Kirschbaum, RN, BSN, CPTC, Donation Coordinator II, Gift of Life Michigan

Karen Lord, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CCRN, CPTC, Advanced Practice Donation Specialist, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center/New England Organ Bank

Darren Malinoski, MD, FACS, Chief, Section of Surgical Critical Care, Portland VA Medical Center, Associate Professor of Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University

Christopher P. Michetti, MD, FACS, FCCM, Associate Professor of Surgery, VCU School of Medicine, Inova Campus, Department of Surgery,

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM, Rear Admiral, USPHS (Retired), Former U.S. Surgeon General

Thomas A. Nakagawa, MD, FAAP, FCCM, Professor, Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Director, Pediatric Critical Care, Brenner Children’s Hospital, North Carolina Baptist Medical Center

Teresa Beigay, DrPH, Director, Special Donation Initiatives, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Department of Transplantation

Karen Libs, DTCP Consultant, Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance

LeAnn Swanson, MPH, Executive Director, Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest:

In accordance with the disclosure policy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education and the Nursing Continuing Education Council standards set forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation, continuing medical education and nursing education activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have been asked to disclose any financial relationship* they have to a commercial interest (any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients). Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is elicited to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given activity.

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content of Saving and Healing Lives through Organ and Tissue Donation – Continuing Our Healthcare Mission Enduring Material, October 15, 2014 – October 15, 2017, have reported NO financial interest or relationship* with various companies.  There were no individuals in a position to control the content that refused to disclose.

* A “financial interest or relationship” refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

Release Date:   October 15, 2014. Termination Date: October 15, 2017.

Questions regarding CME Accreditation?

For questions related to the CME accreditation of this activity, please contact: Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, Dartmouth-Hitchcock,

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