MOHAN Foundation successfully conducted the one-month ‘Transplant Coordination Professional Certificate’ course for the next batch from 1st to 29th June 2021 on the MOODLE e-learning platform. There was a total of 34 participants – 33 from different parts of India (Maharashtra-5, Tamil Nadu -9, Puducherry-1, Madhya Pradesh-1, Uttar Pradesh-1, Karnataka-4, Delhi-2, Kerala-4, Gujarat-2, West Bengal-1, Odisha- 1, Uttarakhand-1, Punjab-1) and one from Dhaka, Bangladesh enrolled for the course. The participants came from various cadres of healthcare and other professions like counsellor, public relationship officer, staff nurse, quality manager, dialysis technician, social worker, transplant coordinator, assistant professor, physician assistant, executive officer, senior associate, renal therapist, clinical perfusionist, physician, director and consultant.
A day before the course started, the participants received credentials to access the resource materials which were made available to them for 4 weeks. The queries/doubts raised by the participants were addressed through phone calls, email and WhatsApp. 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, Mr. T. S. Siva Shankar, Marketing Coordinator and Mrs. Elizabeth Prasanna, Programme Associate. The guest speakers who contributed were Ms. Rajinder Kaur, Transplant Coordinator, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Mr. Johnson Alphonse, Manager- Transplant Services, Kauvery Hospital Group, Chennai. At the end of each webinar the participants were free to clarify their doubts if they had any.
On the last Saturday, a webinar on ‘Role-play’ was organised for the participants with an attempt to have the participants gain a realistic insight of the process by which living/deceased organ donation is done. The faculty for the session included Ms. Mayuri Barge, Manager- Organ transplant program, Mr. Haider Ali Khan, Liver Transplant Coordinator, Care Hospitals, Hyderabad, Mr. Santhosh Gnanasekaran, MGM Healthcare, Chennai, Mr. Senthil Kumar, Grief Counsellor and Transplant Coordinator, Stanley Medical College and Hospital, Chennai. 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 by the faculty who shared their knowledge in the areas of donor management, public perception and misconceptions, religious perspectives and ethics as well as family issues.
At the end of the 4-week training period, participants were asked to take up an online examination on their respective e-learning platforms. A total of 32 out of 34 candidates passed the exam and received their online certificates. The participants also offered welcome feedback about the course.