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UNOS Mini-Primers offer members detailed, intensive learning

For several years, UNOS offered a “UNOS Primer” at its headquarters in Richmond, Va. The Primer provided OPO and transplant center professionals with a variety of detailed, often hands-on presentations about data applications and OPTN functions such as policy development and site surveys.

While the Primer was a highly valued offering, its design didn’t always prove helpful to members. It was scheduled at set intervals of the year, and attendance ranged as high as 150 per event. This meant that some potential attendees might not be able to register for the date of their choice, and participants had more limited chances to get individualized instruction and interaction. In addition, the member might not have been able to have multiple staff attend, based on their institutional coverage needs.

UNOS now offers the same learning opportunity in a smaller, individualized setting known as a “Mini-Primer.” Member institutions can schedule sessions at their convenience and request presentations most pertinent to their work responsibilities of the staff who will attend.

UNOS has hosted two Mini-Primers thus far, in November and December 2016. Both were requested by LifeGift, the OPO headquartered in Houston. Each session was attended by eight participants, and the presentations were tailored to the duties and informational needs of each group. Attendees rated the experience highly positively.

“We requested the training for two of our emerging clinical leader groups, to help them further their learning about the critical components of patient safety and policy compliance from the experts,” said Kevin Myer, MSHA, LifeGift’s president and CEO. “The on-site visit also gave our staff a chance to see the Organ Center and National Donor Memorial, and meet many of the staff of UNOS who we all depend on 24 hours a day to help us serve our mission. We felt it was worth the investment to ask for our own program, and UNOS responded wonderfully with a customized program that focused on our specific training needs.”

To request a Mini-Primer or learn more about the offerings, contact UBS@unos.org or Holly Byrd Miller at 804-782-4072.

Adding message boards to UNet KPD system

Audience
All OPTN/UNOS kidney paired donation (KPD) system users

Please forward this message to others who need to know this information.

At-a-glance
On March 30, 2017, we will add exchange-level message boards and several new features to the KPD system to help you manage and communicate about match offer status and deadlines.

More details
A new message board page will be available for each exchange in a match cycle. Exchange participants (who have a candidate or donor in an exchange) will be able to enter and view deadline dates, view progression of the entire exchange, and post messages about the exchange.

All KPD users will be able to view the message boards and to set alerts for new message posts.

A training video recording will soon be available on UNOS Connect, and help documentation will also be available in the KPD system. We will notify you when resources are available.

Contacts
Contact kidneypaireddonation@unos.org with general questions about the program.
Contact UNOS Customer Service at (800) 978-4334 or unethelpdesk@unos.org with technical and/or system questions.

Upcoming network maintenance on UNOS systems

Audience
All UNOS system users

On Thursday, February 23; 9-11 p.m. (ET), we will perform maintenance work on UNOS systems. If you are logged on to one of the sites listed below, you may experience a brief (a few seconds) outage.

We do not expect this work to affect user web sessions, but if you experience an issue for these sites, close your browser and reopen it.

  • portal.unos.org
  • unet.unos.org
  • donornetmobile.unos.org
  • ransnet.unos.org
  • transnetws.unos.org
  • services.unos.org
  • api.unos.org
  • nationaldmg.org
  • imacsregistry.org
  • ishlt.org

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please contact the UNOS organ center at (800) 292-9537 if you have emergency issues with organ allocation and/or transport during the maintenance time period.

Contact
Please contact the UNOS organ center at (800) 292-9537 if you have emergency issues with organ allocation and/or transport during the maintenance time period.

Accepting 2017 NDM Award for Excellence Nominations

UNOS is currently accepting nominations from OPOs or transplant centers for the 2017 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence. This award honors individuals who have gone “above and beyond” in promoting organ donation and transplantation and have received little public recognition. The nominee can be an individual or a couple, such as a donor mother and father, a recipient, a living donor, or a volunteer. 

Submit this nomination form to Michelle Tolliver by Monday, March 20, 2017. 

The winner will be honored at the June 5 OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors meeting in Richmond during a reception. The 2017 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence winner and a guest, along with a representative from the nominating organization, will receive round-trip travel to Richmond and overnight accommodations. 

Find Primer 2016 presentations on UNOS Connect

The following courses were originally part of the curriculum for the 2016 UNOS Primer. Although the Primer was cancelled, videos of these lectures are available for viewing. You can find the videos on UNOS’s learning management system, UNOS Connect.

What’s Cold is Hot
Learn what kinds of technologies may affect organ transplantation in the next few years. Take a peek into what the more distant future may hold if emerging technologies succeed.

Special Considerations and Challenges in Management of Children and Adolescents Presenting to Adult Transplant Centers
Several aspects of transplantation are unique to pediatric candidates, including pediatric priority allocation and what adult centers need to know to help children gain access to transplantation. This video covers these specific aspects as well as challenges to transplant access, targeted strategies to manage these challenges, and general principles and best practices for transitioning young adults from pediatric to adult healthcare settings after their transplant.

Unexpected Moments of Creative Inspiration
After graduating from UCLA with a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration, Martine Rothblatt served as president/CEO of the satellite navigation company, Geostar. In 1990, she created Sirius Satellite Radio, serving as its chair/CEO. Six years later, she founded United Therapeutics Corp., which focuses on the development and commercialization of biotechnology to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions. Listen to Rothblatt’s personal story and learn how by questioning conventional wisdom she yielded amazing results.

Accessing the recordings
After logging on to UNOS Connect, select Course Catalog from the menu. Next, select the QLT category and scroll through the list to find your video. Register for the course and click Launch to begin.

Questions?

Send an email to education@unos.org.

Voting opens Feb. 7 for UNOS Board election/Annual meeting of members

The 2017 Annual Meeting of Members of United Network for Organ Sharing will be held at 700 North 4th Street, Richmond, Virginia, March 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. (ET) for the following purposes:

  1. To elect Directors and Officers of the Corporation to serve for stated terms or until their successors are duly qualified and elected. Please note that the UNOS Board of Directors continues to function as the OPTN Board of Directors.
  2. To ratify amendments to the Bylaws of the Corporation, which have been adopted by the Board of Directors since the Annual Meeting of Members on March 8, 2016.
  3. To transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Members of record at the close of business on January 27, 2017, have the right to receive notice of and vote at the 2017 Annual Meeting and any adjournment thereof. In addition, those who are admitted as Members on or before March 7, 2017, will be allowed to vote at the meeting and any adjournment thereof.

Board election to be held electronically

OPTN/UNOS member voting representatives will be able to cast ballots electronically for the Annual Meeting. UNOS has partnered with VoteNet Solutions Inc., an election software company, to allow voting representatives to view the Board ballot online and register their votes via a secure web application. Voting representatives will receive by e-mail a link to the ballot and supporting information about the nominees, and log in information. The voting application will open February 7 and will close on March 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Over the past year, the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors engaged in an assessment of its composition and needs. The Board is putting forth the below slate of candidates in order to make improvements in the following:

  1. Appropriate skill sets. As the Board will embark in the coming year on revising the next three-year strategic plan and bidding for the next OPTN contract, we seek individuals with knowledge of corporate and non-profit governance and strategic planning.
  2. Diversity of minority and gender representation on the Board. The Board recognizes that its composition should reflect the population it serves.
  3. Diversity in transplant professions. As we consider complex policy issues, we recognize the need for experts in transplant surgery and medicine, organ procurement, histocompatibility testing, hospital and healthcare finances and management, public health, law, and ethics.
  4. Balance in patient and donor representatives. We want to ensure that we have a good balance of voices from patients, donors, and their family members. For this reason, we have elected to structure the ballot in a way that ensures we will have sufficient representation of living donors and deceased donor family members in the coming year.

The Board asks for members and member electors to take this diversity and balance into consideration when voting on the ballot as a whole.

On Tuesday, February 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET, voting representatives will receive an email from elections@unos.org with details relating to how they will receive their voting credentials and materials for the 2017 BoD election. All questions regarding the process should be directed to elections@unos.org.