From May 13th-17th, 2019, took place the ODISSeA Train the Trainers Face-to-face course. During the week, 30 healthcare professionals from Malaysia, Myanmar and Philippines attended the course, in order to improve their knowledge on the organ donation process, as well as to learn how to transfer this knowledge and competences to the future participants of the Postgraduate Program in Organ Donation 2019-2020.
The “Train the Trainers” is a blended training program, including an online tutored course from April 1st to June 2nd, and a face-to-face modality. The aim of this phase is to prepare the 5 professionals from each Southeast Asian (SeA) university who will be responsible for implementing the Postgraduate Program in their institutions. Upon their return, they will become the faculty to a total of 280 students that will enroll the Postgraduate Program in the next few months.
The Train the Trainers faculty team in organ donation has been composed by experts in organ donation and education from University of Barcelona, University of Bologna, University of Zagreb and DTI Foundation. The face-to-face course was based on active and engaging workshops and exercises, ensuring their commitment to the project, and preparation for their role as faculty.
On May 17th, the participants visited Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, where they met the professionals involved in the organ donation process from ICU, ER, Transplant Coordination and Tissue-typing lab. Following the visit, professionals from the transplant coordination unit, kidney transplant program, tissue-typing labs and a transplant recipient also shared their experience and expertise with the participants.
Afterwards, the closing ceremony was held at Aula Magna of the Faculty of Medicine at University of Barcelona. The event counted on the presence of Dr. Martí Manyalich, project director; Dr Ricardo Casaroli, Head of Department of Surgery and Surgical Specialties – University of Barcelona, Mr Ferran Tarradellas, Director of European Commission Representation in Barcelona, Mrs Chona Abiertas Tenorio, Philippine Honorary Consul in Barcelona.
The Postgraduate Program in Organ Donation will start in September 2019. Upon its completion, on June 2020, 35 participants from each SeA university will be trained to become key actors in organ donation within their daily clinical activities.