International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement Update
The ISODP is approaching 2015 with a number of new and exciting activities. The last year has been very successful with progress to report in all of the strategic areas of focus including:
1. Improving Professional Practice for Donation
- The 13th Congress of ISODP is set to take place from October 17-20, 2015 in Seoul, Korea. The scientific program is exceptional with a number of excellent sessions planned is sure to attract the national community. Dr. Jongwon Ha is the congress president and he is encouraging all of you to hold the mark the Congress in your calendars because this is a meeting that will not disappoint.
- This January is the launch of the inaugural pilot workshop for programs wishing to advance donation practice through focused educational sessions also linked with a year of subsequent mentoring for senior leaders. This is the second phase of the ISODP/TTS Astellas sponsored program to enhance program specific improvements in organ donation. The first workshop will occur in Saudi Arabia. Details regarding future applicants for this workshop will be available on the website this fall.
2. Enabling Information Sharing
- The ISODP Webinar series has been one of the best attended of all TTS webinars with as many members of the Society attending the sessions as those following up after the events to review the archived talks. If you have missed any, we encourage you to take the time to catch up on the whole 2014 series by visiting TTS’ multimedia library here.
- The planned 2015 Webinar series is as promising as the last with Dr. Faissal Shaheen set to deliver the first session on January 27th during which he will highlight the challenges and successes Saudi Arabia has experienced as they continue to improve deceased donation.
3. Strengthen International Networking
; she is leading this activity for ISODP.
Our membership is growing and we are one of the largest sections in TTS. A number of enhancements are in development to further interest and attract members worldwide. Watch for new developments this winter that are sure to continue to attract and retain donation and transplantation specialists internationally.