MOHAN Foundation successfully conducted the one-month ‘Transplant Coordination Professional Certificate’ course for the next batch from 1st to 28th February 2021 on the MOODLE e-learning platform. This training was supported by the Tata Trusts. There were 32 participants totally. Twenty-nine new delegates enrolled for the course from different parts of the country such as (West Bengal - 1, Andhra Pradesh - 1, Tamil Nadu - 8, Maharashtra - 8, Puducherry - 2, Delhi - 2, Karnataka - 3, Madhya Pradesh - 1, Gujarat - 1, Uttar Pradesh - 2). They came from various cadres of healthcare and other professions like doctor, transplant coordinator, staff nurse, supervisor, legal associate, GD Matron, analyst, manager, blood bank counsellor, residential medical officer, ICU staff, HR & quality manager, clinical coordinator, senior dialysis technician, consultant physiotherapy & PRO, quality assurance executive, patient care manager. Along with them three participants from the previous batch (November 2020) re-joined the course as they had not met the course requirements the last time.
The credentials to access the course material were sent to the participants a day prior before the course had started. The course material under all 4 sections (such as week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4) were opened to the participants right from the first day of the course which helped them to learn at their own pace. There were MCQs and Assignments included as part of the course to enhance the learning experience.
Weekend webinars were held as they were an ideal platform for face-to-face interactions. The key topics focused during the webinars were basic concepts of organ donation and transplantation, Transplantation of Human Organs Act and its amendment, deceased organ donation - role of a transplant coordinator, myths and facts on organ donation, ethics of organ donation and transplantation, living donor transplantation and documentation - role of a transplant coordinator and scope of transplant coordinators in India.
Apart from the MOHAN Foundation faculty there was also invited faculty for the webinars which included Mr. J. Nethaji, Head - Transplant Process and Coordination, Fortis Healthcare Limited, Chennai and Ms. Vrinda Pusalkar, Manager-Transplant Coordinator, Jehangir Hospital, Pune Mr. Haider Ali Khan, Liver Transplant Coordinator, Care hospitals, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Mr. Santhosh Gnanasekeran, MGM Healthcare, Chennai and Mr. Ragavan, MGM Healthcare, Chennai who shared their knowledge and experience in the field of organ donation and transplantation.
During one of the webinars, a role play activity was exclusively conducted in Zoom breakout rooms for the participants to gain hands-on counselling experience. Each participant was asked to pick a character either as transplant coordinator/ family member/ police for instance and enact as per the given situation related to deceased/living organ donation in a hospital. By the end of this activity the participants gained practical insights into effective transplant coordination.
The participants were asked to take up the online examination on their respective e-learning platforms at the end of the course. A total of 26 out of the 32 candidates passed the exam and received their online certificates. They also offered valuable feedback about the course.