International Experience

Gift of Life Institute has worked with OPOs around the world to provide the knowledge and skill necessary to improve authorization outcomes. Our staff has collaborated with the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority and Canadian Blood Services, and plans to continue 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 over 35 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, the Philippines, and United Arab Emirates. GLDP evaluates over 3,500 ventilator dependent cases each year. In 2021, GLDP coordinated the most organ donors and organs for transplant in the United States for the 14th consecutive year, coordinating 705 organ donors, resulting in 1,732 transplants (averaging 62 donors per million). In 2021, GLDP also recovered tissue from over 2,200 donors, including nearly 1,350 musculoskeletal donors, providing learners with many opportunities to observe and participate in the process.

Gift of Life Institute map of countries served organ donation

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.

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


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