Chimera Fall 2018/Winter 2019 Issue
AMA Liaison: At the American Medical Association Interim Meeting on November 12, the House of Delegates voted to reaffirm AMA policy and Refer for Decision a resolution dealing with forced organ recovery practices. The body noted ethical guidelines for transplantation are set forth by the AMA, the World Medical Association, and the World Health Organization (WHO). ASTS testified before the reference committee and the House to promote ethical organ donation and transplantation practices.
Bylaws Committee: The Bylaws Committee reviewed a membership bylaws change proposed by the Membership & Workforce Committee and voted to submit it for Council approval in January. If the Council approves, it will be voted on by the membership at the Town Hall meeting in June.
Communications Committee: The Communications Committee developed a new feature for the Chimera, “Surgeon Spotlight,” featuring a junior and senior faculty member answering the same set of questions. The committee is also coordinating the UNOS Innovation Event at the 2019 Winter Symposium.
Ethics Committee: The Ethics Committee is reviewing ASTS position statements posted on ASTS.org and will make recommendations for which should be removed or amended at the January Council and Committee Chairs meeting.
Membership & Workforce Committee: The committee proposed a membership bylaws changes to the ASTS Bylaws Committee for review. The Bylaws Committee voted in favor of the proposal and will be presenting the change to Council at the January meeting at the Winter Symposium.
Training and Professional Development
ATP Committee: Since launching the ATP Certificate of Educational Achievement in June, 35 ATPs have enrolled in the program and 17 have enrolled in the exam. The ATP Committee has finalized their speakers for their ATP session program at Winter Symposium. The committee is working on creating a dual ASTS/AST membership category for ATPs.
Curriculum Committee: The Curriculum Committee recently completed reviewing all 115 modules in the National Transplant Surgery Curriculum. Recently a hepato-pancreato-biliary unit has been added to the National Transplant Surgery Curriculum with 11 new modules. The Curriculum Committee will now begin reviewing surgical videos with an aim to improve how the videos are featured and used in the Academic Universe.
Fellowship Training Committee: The Fellowship Training Committee (FTC), led by Dr. Ryutaro Hirose and Dr. Andre Dick, recently completed the 2019 Fellowship Training Program Accreditation and Reaccreditation application review cycle. The committee reviewed 32 reaccreditation applications and 1 accreditation application. This is the final year the FTC will be involved in this process as the duties will be transitioned to the Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council (TACC).
Optimal Patient Care
Diversity Issues Committee: The committee has fielded a survey on workplace stressors with a view to establishing preventative measures to ensure the continuation of a welcoming environment.
Living Donation Committee: The committee has been updated on the Global Kidney Exchange (GKE) and is working to determine how they can be involved.
Pediatrics Task Force: The Pediatrics Task Force submitted program proposals on pediatric transplantation for consideration for the 2019 Winter Symposium and ATC. Both proposals were accepted and added to the programs.
Cellular Transplantation Committee: The committee is conducting a survey of ongoing research and clinical work in the areas of cellular products and therapies to summarize the current research and clinical work within our society as well as the broader research and clinical community.
Scientific Studies Committee: The committee has organized a multicenter study to 1) examine variability in pathology reading of steatosis in donor livers and 2) how steatosis affects outcome of liver transplantation. Also, the committee recommended the Executive Committee approve the AST Frailty report, which has been submitted to the AJT for review. The ASTS Executive Committee voted unanimously to endorse the report, entitled “Report from the American Society of Transplantation on Frailty in Solid Organ Transplantation.”
VCA Committee: The VCA Committee is working on organizing a VCA Consensus Conference that will bring together leaders in the field of VCA to speak on face, hand, and uterus procedures. The intent of this conference is to educate representatives from the medical insurance industry about VCA procedures with the aim of having insurance companies eventually cover the costs of VCA.
Chimera Summer 2018 Issue
The ASTS Spring Council and Committee Chairs Meeting was held June 1-2, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seattle, Washington. The following are select news and reports from the meeting, arranged according to the focus areas in the Strategic Plan. If you have questions or comments about any committee activities, please contact the committee chair.