Education Committee: Continuing Education and Professional Development

The Advanced Renal Transplantation Webinar Series continues for the second year: The series consists of 24 monthly webinars presented by world-class leaders from the international transplant community in their respective disciplines. Please visit the series page for more information. A similar series in liver transplantation is in preparation and more information will be posted online soon.

For the recent Congress in Hong Kong, the Education Committee participated in the organization of the post-graduate education (PGE) course, which included a balanced clinical and basic science program. Expanded
info about the course remains available on the TTS 2016 website.

In addition to the sciences, the Education Committee has been experimenting with non-traditional topics and format for delivering continuing education and professional development content. With this in mind, the Education Committee sponsored two very exciting morning symposia at the 2016 TTS Congress, the first of which was entitled “Fostering Innovation To Avoid Extinction: Current Trends in Health Professions Education”. With presentations given by healthcare education professional experts, this symposium highlighted the gap between current needs for training transplant professionals and skill levels among transplant professionals, and presented strategies and models to bridge this gap. Expanded info about this symposium remains available on the TTS 2016 website.

The second symposium was entitled “Establishing Immunogenetics & Transplantation Laboratories & Implementing Newer Technologies”, which included short presentations and interactive discussions about starting up transplant immunology laboratories and introducing new testing technologies. This session was designed with a mindset that establishing best practices in transplant immunology across the world requires both deep understanding of the unique challenges that face different parts of the world and building on the experiences of well-established labs and international histocompatibility professional societies. The symposium highlighted success stories in establishing transplant immunology laboratories and implementation of newer technologies in India, Pakistan and Korea. These presentations were followed by interactive small group discussions. Expanded info about this symposium remains available on the TTS 2016 website.

Recordings of the sessions referred to in this article are accessible through the Education portal on the TTS website at