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Training for Appropriate Family Approach

183.1 - Training for Appropriate Family Approach

Presenter: Theresa Daly, Christof Daetwyler, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Authors: Theresa Daly, Christof Daetwyler


Increasing authorization rates requires specialized and ongoing training. Gift of Life has devoted significant resources to developing a training program for its donation coordinators. This multi-faceted program involves interactive lectures, individual exercises and role plays via the WebPatientEncounter™ tool that was developed by Drexel University College of Medicine.


Theresa A. Daly is Director of the Gift of Life Institute and has more than 17 years of experience in the field of organ and tissue donation. Theresa oversees the day-to-day operations of the Institute. Previously, she served as Associate Director in the Medical School Curriculum Office at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Theresa has presented at both national and international forums on educating the donation professional. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business/Management and a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology.

Christof Daetwyler, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. His focus is on academics, specifically integrating computer technology and alternative media with medical education. Dr. Daetwyler attended the University of Zurich Medical School and while there he and a group of fellow students were instrumental in enhancing the medical school curriculum. In his spare time, he began learning computer programming. He began his professional career at the University of Berne Medical School as a curriculum designer for the third year medical students, and as a producer of videos and developer of computer applications for medical education at the Department of Educational Media (AUM). Dr. Daetwyler joined the Dartmouth Interactive Media Lab team in 2001, and them the College of Medicine in 2004, continuing his pursuit of innovation in medical education with the creation of doc.com, a series of 41 media-rich online modules for the teaching and assessment of health care communication skills. He is now working on WebOSCE, an online technology that will allow students to practice new skills using online standardized patients.

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