The 2019 - 2020 batch of the ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Transplant Coordination and Grief Counselling’ successfully completed the one-year online course on 6th December 2020. A total of 58 participants from diverse healthcare professions like physicians, dialysis technicians, nurses, physician assistants, transplant coordinators, clinical psychologists, administrative personnel, social workers, anaesthesia technologists, medical professors and students pursuing post-graduate studies enrolled in the training - 50 from 13 states of India (such as Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh), six from Pakistan, one from Spain and one from Nepal.
The E-modules were available on MOHAN Foundation’s MOODLE platform. Every weekend from September 2020 to November 2020, the contact sessions were conducted virtually on the Zoom software platform. The speakers for the weekend webinars were Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director, MOHAN Foundation, Dr. Sumana Navin, Course Director, MOHAN Foundation, Mr. K. Veerapandian, Consultant Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, Chennai, Dr. Suryakumari, Founder and President, The Academy of Life and People Skills (The ALPS), Chennai, Dr. Suresh Sankar, Consultant Nephrologist, Frontier Life Line and VS Hospitals, Chennai, Ms. Trilly Rachel Mathew, Transplant Manager, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, Haryana and Mr. Sivakumar, Senior Manager – Multi Organ Transplant Unit, Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre, Chennai. They spoke on key topics like soft skills for transplant coordinators, role of communication skills in healthcare management, how to resolve conflict and stress proof oneself, the transplant law in India and other countries, basics of counselling and grief counselling, scope of a transplant coordinator in India, role of a transplant coordinator in living donor transplantation, HLA typing and crossmatching. The webinars also involved activities like quizzes and debates that kept the participants engaged in a lively and mindful manner throughout the sessions.
As part of the course each participant was given a project (visual abstract /video making/ social media polls). On 6th December 2020 the final examination was conducted online, where a total number of 43 participants appeared for the exam.