Continuing on from a successful 2015 program, the Education Committee Core Curriculum webinars are in full swing for 2016. Late last year, Dr. Kim Solez gave a fantastic overview of renal transplant pathology and how it is likely to evolve over time; and Dr. Jeremy Chapman discussed the problem of cancers in renal transplant recipients. This calendar year began in February with Drs. Dominique Martin and Francis Delmonico discussing the principles of organ transplantation, with particular focus on the ethical issues involved in the selection of recipients; and was followed in March with a engaging presentation by Dr. Daniel Abramowicz on the processes of recipient assessment and evaluation. All webinar recordings are posted on the TTS website under the ‘Education’ tabbed section, and we remind our members that Enduring ACCME credits for this series can be claimed for up to two months after each presentation.
Another Trainee Track series of webinars is under development, and scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016. The potential topics that would be addressed in the series are tailored to the needs of transplant trainees around the world and would be modified on the basis of on-going feedback.
The Education Committee also wishes to draw the attention of the members to the rich content under the “Education Library”. The library has materials from multiple sources - including webinars and presentations from past congresses - and users have the ability to filter content using the online search engine available at the link. The Library is being continuously refined with new material added monthly.
The TTS Education Committee is also pleased to endorse a comprehensive course in kidney transplantation prepared by experts at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Hosted on the Coursera platform, this is a self-paced course that starts from the basics of transplant, immunology and goes on to discuss immunosuppression management, transplant complications etc. There is the possibility of taking an exam with each module. To learn more about the course corriculum and to sign up, please visit the course page on the TTS website at www.tts.org/education/courses
Finally, as part of the TTS Congress taking place in August, Drs. Vivek Jha and Marcelo Cantarovich are co-chairing the clinical section of the 2016 Postgraduate Education program. The program includes clinical, basic science, organ donation and a pediatric concurrent session. The full program will be announced shortly and will include special features on grant writing skills.