Dr. Hemal Kanvinde, Quality Assurance Officer of MOHAN Foundation underwent Gift of Life Institute’s (GOLI) Mini Fellowship in Organ Donation from 28th October 2019 to 7th November 2019 in Philadelphia, USA. The Mini Fellowship was sponsored through an educational grant from MOHAN, USA.
Gift of Life Donor Program, Philadelphia is one of the largest Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) that covers deceased organ and tissue donation in the tristate zone of eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey.
The Mini Fellowship comprised personal interactions, observational learning and one summit.
Personal interactions: Gift of Life Donor Program manages every facet of the donation process, coordinates the recovery of organs and tissues, and allocates the organs to suitable recipients as per UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) allocation policies. Many parts of their work were explained through interactions with the staff.
Learning through observation visits:
Organ Donation and Transplant Summit:
Dr. Hemal attended a summit at the Gift of Life Institute, Philadelphia. The other delegates were senior transplant nurses, ICU nurses, donor champions from 11 hospitals from the region.
It was a daylong summit, to encourage learning and exchange of ideas.
Gift of Life Family House
During the fellowship, Dr Hemal was housed at the Gift of Life Family House. This is part of the services provided for the transplant patients and their caregivers at affordable prices. It provides lodging, food, transport and other support services. Volunteers come and prepare hot evening meals for transplant patients and families. Social workers are available for any need of the patient. Medical services are not provided.
The Mini Fellowship was a great learning experience for Dr. Hemal and specially the kindness of Mr. Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program, Ms. Theresa Daly, Director, Gift of Life Institute.
Dr. Hemal thanks MOHAN USA and MOHAN Foundation Chennai for the support to undertake this fellowship.