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The 28th Annual Transplant Surgeon Designee Symposium for Chronic Kidney Professionals

Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:00 am - 3:45 pm
The Pines Manor
2085 Route 27
Edison, NJ 08817

This symposium is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for renal health care professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of kidney and pancreas transplantation as a treatment modality for their CKD patients. It is specifically designed for dialysis nurses, patient care technicians, dialysis social workers and dietitians. The symposium will also provide initial and recertification for Transplant Surgeon Designees.

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  • Describe two ethical issues in patients with chronic kidney disease
  • Identify two potential surgical complications in kidney transplant recipients
  • Identify key concepts in kidney selection criteria
  • Discuss key components of altruistic donation, kidney paired donation, and compatible share donation and how this information is relayed to transplant recipients and living donors
  • Identify at least two key considerations in the psychological evaluation and management of transplant patients and living donors
  • Discuss how the kidney procurement process affects kidney transplant outcomes in transplant recipients

Symposium Agenda

Moderators: Shamkant Mulgaonkar, MD & Marie Morgievich, MS, RN, APN.C, CCTC

8:00 – 8:30 am REGISTRATION
8:30 - 9:45 am Ethics in Chronic Kidney Disease
Shamkant Mulgaonkar, MD
9:45 – 10:30 am My Most Challenging Cases: 25 Years of Transplant Surgery
Stuart Geffner, MD, MS
10:30 – 10:45 am BREAK
10:45 am – 12:15 pm The Crucial Conversation about Living Donation: From Discussion to Transplant
Francis Weng, MD
Marie Morgievich, RN, MS, APN.C, CCTC
12:15 – 12:30 pm AWARDS PRESENTATION​
12:30 – 1:45 pm LUNCH
1:45 – 2:30 pm Transplant Trivia: How Much Do You Know?
Shamkant Mulgoankar, MD
Eleanor Simchera, RN, BSN, CNN, CCTC
Terri Freedman, RN
2:30 – 3:30 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS​
Experienced RNs, PCTs & Dietitians
From Shock to Recovery: Organ Procurement & Transplant
Carolyn Welsh, NJ Sharing Network
Francis Weng, MD, MSCE

New RNs & PCTs
Transplant Basics for the Surgeon Designee
Ana Merced-Castro, RN, BSN, CCTC
Anne Ellis-Kosty, RN, BSN, CCTC, RWJ University Hospital

Social Workers
Psychosocial Issues in Transplant and Living Donation – Complex Case Studies
Debbie Morgan, MHA, MSW, LCSW

Contact Hours

For Nurses & Patient Care Technicians
This activity has been submitted to American Nephrology Nurses' Association for approval to award contact hours. American Nephrology Nurses' Association
– Approver is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

For Social Workers
This course, The 28th Annual Transplant Surgeon Designee Symposium for Chronic Kidney Disease Professionals, Approval #182401-0705, provided by Saint Barnabas Medical Center Renal & Pancreas Transplant Division, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: February 16, 2018 through August 31, 2018. Social workers will receive five and three-quarter (5.75) continuing education hours for participating in this course, divided as follows: one (1) clinical; one and a quarter (1.25) ethics and non-clinical; three and a half (3.5) non-clinical."

For Dietitians
This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for approval to award 5.5 contact hours to dietitians.

For questions, please contact:
Christina Psathas Outreach Coordinator, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division Saint Barnabas Medical Center 973.322.2285 /

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