MOHAN Foundation successfully conducted the one-month ‘Transplant Coordination Professional Certificate’ course for the next batch from 1st to 29th April 2021 on the MOODLE e-learning platform. This training was supported by the Tata Trusts. There was a total of 27 delegates who enrolled for the course from different parts of the country (Pondicherry-1, Telangana-1, Kerala-4, Uttar Pradesh-2, Tamil Nadu-4, Uttarakhand-3, West Bengal-1, Maharashtra-5, Karnataka-1, Himachal Pradesh-1, Bihar-1, Uttar Pradesh-2, Jammu & Kashmir-1). The participants of this course came from various cadres of healthcare and other professions like transplant coordinator, social worker, manager, dialysis technologist, professor, medical officer, physician assistant, nurse, project manager and executive.
The participants started learning the course on their respective e-learning platforms where they had been given access to the course materials which were displayed in the form of text, PPT video, animation video and video lectures. The materials were made available to them for 4 weeks. A WhatsApp group was maintained to send instructions and notifications regarding the course to the participants.
Weekend webinars were held on Saturdays in the evening from 4 pm to 6 pm where the participants got to attend guest lectures and experience face-to-face interactions. The faculty for the lectures from MOHAN Foundation were Dr. Sumana Navin, Course Director, Ms. Sujatha Suriyamoorthi, Manager-Information Systems, and Mrs. Elizabeth Prasanna, Programme Associate. The guest speakers who contributed were Ms. Sohini Chattopadhyay, Journalist, Ms. Rathi R, Transplant coordinator and Clinical nurse specialist, PSG Hospitals, Coimbatore, Ms. Sendhamarai Selvi, Transplant Coordinator, Madras Medical Mission, Chennai, and Prof. Nithya Krishnan, Consultant Transplant Nephrologist, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, UK.
On the last Saturday, a webinar on ‘Role-play’ was organised for the participants to gain practical knowledge on approaching families for organ donation and dealing with the ethical dilemmas. The faculty for the session included Ms. Mayuri Barge, Manager- Organ transplant program, Dr. D. Y. Patil Hospital, Pune, Dr. Bhanu Chandra, Manager-Operations, Dr. Bhanu Prakash, Transplant Coordinator and Dr. Jimmy Gupta, Program Coordinator Hospital Outreach from MOHAN Foundation. The role-play was moderated by Ms. Sujatha Suriyamoorthi. The participants were divided into four groups using the breakout rooms and monitored by a senior transplant coordinator (faculty). The session was wrapped up with observations and feedback shared by the faculty. This activity enhanced the participant’s skills in the dos and don’ts in approaching the family of a brain-dead person for organ donation.
At the end of the course, participants were asked to take up the online examination on their respective e-learning platforms. A total of 26 out of 27 candidates passed the exam and received their online certificates. They also offered welcome feedback about the course.