ASTS Surveys

Periodically, ASTS committees or grantees need to conduct surveys of ASTS members and others in the transplant community for their work. This page is a reference for the surveys approved by the ASTS Council to be sent to members.

If you are interested in sending a survey to ASTS members, please download and complete the survey form.

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Obesity in Transplantation Task Force Survey 

Open/Close Date: October 11, 2018 - December 11, 2018

The ASTS Obesity in Transplantation Task Force developed a brief survey regarding center's positions on obesity in transplantation. The Obesity in Transplantation Task Force is hoping to gain a better understanding of the landscape as it pertains to access to transplantation and treatment options for transplant patients with obesity. 

To access the survey click the link below: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W5LS6SG

Humanitarian Medical Outreach & Capacity Building Survey

ASTS is looking at how to best assist the field of transplantation globally. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to let us know about humanitarian efforts you or your institution participate in and whether ASTS could play a role in coordinating such efforts.

For any question related to this survey, please contact ASTS at asts@asts.org.

Please take a few moments to contribute your knowledge by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Humanitariansurvey 

ASTS Evaluation of Workplace Environment in Transplantation Medicine

Transplant surgery is a rewarding field with promising new developments. However, no profession is free from negative events or potentially harmful interactions. It is obvious that these incidents can have a significant effect on those targeted. Given current circumstances, a closer look at the environment of transplant medicine seems to be warranted to address any ongoing or future impediments to a safe and accepting field. An analysis via survey of workplace stressors will allow the establishment of preventative measures to ensure the continuation of a welcoming environment.
    
The necessity of this survey is indicated by the increase in publications and articles discussing discrimination and sexual harassment in the medical setting. One 2016 study found that 30% of female clinician-researchers reported sexual harassment experiences, while only 4% of their male counterparts did(1). Another study showed that throughout training, most medical trainees encounter some sort of harassment or discrimination(2). These potential impairments of well-being can lead to diminished clinical performance, worsened patient outcome, burnout, and suicide. This may be amplified by the lack of incident reporting due to perceived negative effects on careers, public image, and personal lives.
 
The ASTS Diversity Issues Committee’s goal is to assess the breadth and scope of possible workplace stressors. Determining whether harassment and discrimination is prevalent in transplant medicine will allow leaders to address and remedy the problem, ultimately leading to better outcomes and more diversity in the field.  

This survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete. It is strictly anonymous and will include no personal identifiers. No one from the ASTS Diversity Issues Committee will be able to access an individual’s data from the survey.
 
Citations:
1. Jagsi R, Griffith KA, Jones R, Perumalswami CR, Ubel P, Stewart A. Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Experiences of Academic Medical Faculty. JAMA. 2016;315(19):2120–2121. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2188
2. Fnais N, Soobiah C, Chen MH, et al. Harassment and Discrimination in Medical Training. Academic Medicine. 2014;89(5):817-827. doi:10.1097/acm.0000000000000200

 

For any questions related to this survey, please contact Jorge Ortiz, MD, at Jorge.Ortiz@utoledo.edu   

Please take a few moments to contribute your knowledge by clicking this link: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorkplaceEnvironmentinTransplant  

Cell Transplantation Survey

The purpose of our project is to assess areas of interest of research within the transplant community. By participating in the survey process, this implies your consent to participate in the project. You can withdraw your participation at any time. Please answer all questions. The survey is anonymous. This survey should take approximately 10 minutes. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Jeff Fair at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston at 409-772-2405 or jhfair@utmb.edu.

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) committee that reviews research on human subjects, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) will answer any questions about your rights as a research subject, and take any comments or complaints you may wish to offer. You can contact the UTMB IRB by calling 409-266-9400 or the University of Minnesota IRB, Andrew Allen, alle0302@umn.edu, (612) 626-2890.

The goal of ASTS Cellular Transplantation Committee is to advance the knowledge and promote clinical and research work in the field of cellular transplantation. Generation of cellular products with functionality and behavior that simulate in vivo environment carries a significant impact on the field of regenerative medicine, disease modeling and pharmaceutical research. One of this year’s initiative that was set forward by ASTS Cellular Transplantation Committee is to conduct the survey of ongoing research and clinical work in the areas of cellular products and therapies. The goal of the survey is to summarize the current research and clinical work within our society as well as to reach outside of our organization to the broader research and clinical community. We believe that results of the survey will provide a broad perspective of the current field, the future directions, and give an opportunity to the members of our society to develop new ideas and collaborations within ASTS community as well as with the outside investigators.

The copy of the survey will be sent to the directors of all transplant programs, and will be distributed among other members of the programs by the transplant directors. We encourage the wide distribution of the survey, which will facilitate a broad and complete representation of the current clinical and research activities in the field of cellular transplantation and therapies. Thanks for participating!

Please take a few moments to contribute your knowledge by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CellTransplantationSurvey  

Recently Closed

TACC Transplant Surgeon Practice-Readiness Survey

  • Open/close dates: Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Intended audience: ASTS surgeon members 
  • The Fellowship Training Committee (FTC) and Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council (TACC) are interested in ASTS member’s thoughts on practice-readiness and phase-in of new transplant surgery fellow graduates. An effective and smooth transition is important for patient safety, success and retention of the new surgeon, and stability for mature practices

ASTS Pediatric Transplantation Membership Survey

  • Open/close dates: Friday, April 7, 2017 -  Monday, July 31, 2017.
  • Intended audience: ASTS surgeon members 
  • Purpose of survey: To better understand the portion of the ASTS membership who are performing pediatric transplants, and the volumes per year at their centers.
  • To complete the survey, click here.
  • Your participation will help the ASTS Pediatric Task Force gain a better understanding of the ASTS members performing pediatric transplants, and influence future pediatric transplant related education at ASTS events.

ASTS Grants Recipient Survey

  • Open/close dates: Friday, March 10 – Wednesday, June 14, 2017
  • Intended audience: ASTS Research Grants recipients from 2003 – 2016
  • Purpose of survey: To help the ASTS Grants Review Committee understand how impactful ASTS grants are to our members’ careers.
  • Your participation will help the ASTS Grants Review Committee improve the ASTS Research Grants Program.

Johns Hopkins Transplant Center Quality Metrics Survey

  • Open/close dates: Thursday, March 9 - Monday, May 15, 2017(EXTENDED)
  • Intended audience: ASTS members in the U.S.
  • Purpose of survey: To better understand the strengths and weaknesses of measures currently used for CMS/SRTR quality regulation and inform the design of alternative metrics.
  • Your participation will help ensure that most appropriate metrics are used to regulate transplant centers.

ASTS Transplant Surgeon Compensation Survey

  • Open/close dates: Thursday, February 16 – Monday, March 27, 2017
  • Intended audience: ASTS Surgeon members in the U.S.
  • Purpose of the Survey: To help transplant surgeons and transplant centers in the U.S. better understand transplant surgeon compensation and RVU patterns
  • Your participation as an ASTS member will allow you obtain a complimentary copy of the results and analysis of the survey.