International Experience

In addition to completing collaborative ventures with both the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority and Canadian Blood Services to develop and implement donation conversation training programs to provide the knowledge and skill necessary to improve authorization outcomes, Gift of Life Institute has plans to institute similar efforts in other countries.

Through our affiliation with Gift of Life Donor Program (GLDP), one of the oldest and most active OPOs in the United States, Gift of Life Institute has the unique ability to provide real-time and real-world educational experience to international visitors, having hosted health professionals from such countries as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, the Philippines, and United Arab Emirates. GLDP evaluates over 3,500 ventilator dependent cases each year. In 2018, GLDP coordinated the most organ donors and organs for transplant in the United States, coordinating 615 organ donors, resulting in 1,671 transplants (averaging 55 donors per million). In 2018, GLDP also recovered tissue from 2,503 donors, including 1,368 musculoskeletal donors and 2,009 cornea donors, thereby providing learners with many opportunities to observe and participate in the process.

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Mini Fellowship in Organ Donation: Combining observational learning with innovative, skill-based training, this two-week fellowship takes place at Gift of Life’s headquarters in Philadelphia, PA and is specifically designed to increase the donation professional’s knowledge about donation and best practices of Gift of Life, the highest performing and largest organ procurement organization (OPO) in the US. To request an application, please contact Theresa Daly @ TDaly@giftoflifeinstitute.org.

Click here to read about Pallavi Kurmar’s (Executive Director of MOHAN Foundation, India) recent experience as a participant in our mini-fellowship program.


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