INSTITUTE INFORMATION: In Just Eight Years, Gift of Life Institute’s Online University Surpasses 2,000 Learners

Established in 2004, Gift of Life Institute is an international training center for donation professionals, offering comprehensive, interdisciplinary resources for skills-based learning, continuing education, collaborative research, and consulting services.

Marking its eight-year anniversary, Gift of Life Institute’s Online University has reached a significant milestone, surpassing 2,000 registrants. These learners have access to the Institute’s electronic offerings, featuring more than 40 courses, including “Conducting the Donor Risk Assessment Interview,” “The History of Donation & Transplantation, and “Your Role in the Referral Process”.

“As the largest OPO in this country, we are deeply committed to sharing best practices for improving donation outcomes,” said Gift of Life Donor Program President & CEO Richard Hasz. “The Gift of Life Institute’s mission is to develop innovative training and educational programs that support the advancement of knowledge and expertise of today’s and tomorrow’s donation professionals.”

The Institute introduced its Online University as a way to leverage technology to bring the highest quality training and education to more industry professionals. “Response to the Online University has exceeded our expectations,” said Gift of Life Institute Director Theresa A. Daly. “Participants include organ and tissue donation professionals and medical students from OPOs and hospitals around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Iran, and South Korea.”

Gift of Life Institute is the education and research arm of The Transplant Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization supporting the objectives of Gift of Life Donor Program (GLDP) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through its affiliation with GLDP, the largest OPO in the nation, the Institute has the unique opportunity to provide learners with real-world and real-time instruction. Since its inception in 2004, the Institute has trained nearly 12,000 professionals from over 35 countries. 

Click here to view the current catalog on the Institute’s Online University.

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