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

Learn in a variety of modalities including traditional and virtual classroom training (VCT) and eLearning programs.

Traditional classroom training can either be delivered at our Education Center in Philadelphia, PA or on-site at your location.

Examples of our classroom trainings (face-to-face and virtual) include:

Hospital Development (Face-to-Face): Held 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. Learners participate in interactive exercises tailored to address common problems, generate new ideas, and exchange resources.

Hospital Development (Virtual): This online course is for OPO personnel responsible for building effective partnerships with hospital staff that result in optimal and sustainable donation rates. Conducted over four weeks (plus one week for follow up assessment), this course is a combination of eLearning modules, instructor-led webinars, threaded discussion boards, and online assignments and assessments.

Improving Tissue Authorization Rates (Virtual): This online course provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to provide timely, compassionate, and informed tissue donation opportunities. Conducted over six weeks (plus one week for follow up assessment), this course 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 (Virtual): This online course provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to provide timely, compassionate, and informed organ donation opportunities. Conducted over five weeks (plus one week for follow up assessment), this course 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 U.S. To request an application, please contact Theresa Daly at tdaly@giftoflifeinstitute.org.


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