Training at Gift of Life

Established in 2004, Gift of Life Institute is the pre-eminent resource for proven clinical and educational programs serving the OPO community.

Training Programs for All Levels

We offer learning in a variety of modalities, including traditional classroom training, virtual classroom training, and eLearning.

Traditional classroom training can either be delivered at our state-of-the-art facility in Philadelphia, PA or onsite at your locale.

Examples of our classroom trainings (traditional and virtual) include:

Family Communication and Authorization: Held twice a year at our facility in Philadelphia, PA, this two-day session builds on the basic foundational knowledge of the Dual Advocacy model and examines how the framework can be combined with advanced communication skills to help families successfully navigate even the most challenging crisis situations as they relate to authorization, including donation after circulatory death (DCD).

Hospital Development:  Held twice a year at our facility in Philadelphia, PA, this two-day session examines the elements of hospital service planning with an emphasis on designing strategic solutions for improving outcomes. Throughout the session, learners participate in interactive exercises tailored to address common problems, generate new ideas, and exchange resources.

Improving Tissue Authorization Rates: Training includes a virtual classroom training program disseminated online over six weeks. Targeted to professionals conducting family conversations for tissue donation, this training is a combination of eLearning modules, instructor-led webinars, threaded discussion boards, and online assignments and assessments.

“The program was very well designed for the working professional. I liked that the webinars were recorded so that we could go back to watch it any time. I also really appreciated that our instructor would give us so much feedback in the threaded discussions. She was able to give us insight about each topic that we would have otherwise missed.” Tissue VCT Participant

Improving Organ Authorization Rates: Training includes a virtual classroom training program disseminated online over five weeks (plus one week for follow up assessment). Targeted to professionals conducting family conversations for organ donation, this training is a combination of eLearning modules, instructor-led webinars, threaded discussion boards, and online assignments and assessments.

“I have actually been doing this for a long time, but I think one of the things that has traditionally made me the most uncomfortable is the concern about needing to keep a conversation flowing. I’ve learned in this class the value of pausing, sitting with silence and just being present. I feel like I’ve learned a lot more about getting beyond my own discomfort to be completely available to my families.” Organ VCT Participant

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.


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