The educational program is divided into two modules existing of 14 live online interactive sessions, three hands on training weeks at the UMCG, and two online assessments. In preparation to the teaching days and training weeks, you will get access to e-learnings with state of the art research papers, videos and guiding questions.
Module 1 – General knowledge
Fundamental knowledge about organ donation, physiology, and biomechanics will be discussed. The process of organ donation has a significant impact on the quality of the graft. This section includes country-specific laws and regulations, the organ allocation system, donor criteria, and donor management from admission to the ER to the ICU department. The teachers for organ donation are Drs. Sijbrand Hofker, Drs. Gjalt Westland, Drs. Meint Volbeda, and Marjan Bijmolen.
Physiology underlies all processes in the human body. After a short recap of the in vivo physiology, this section details the physiological processes behind ischemia and reperfusion. Furthermore, the physiology of an organ during ex vivo machine perfusion will be discussed. Different strategies are developed to preserve, improve or test potential donor organs. The teacher for physiology is Prof. dr. Henri Leuvenink.
Machine perfusion relies on common basic biomechanical principles, which will be discussed in the biomechanics section. We will focus on the physics of fluids, materials used in a clinical perfusion setting, and biochemistry. All the different components of a perfusion device will be discussed, and you will be provided with all the essential knowledge you need to understand the mechanism of organ perfusion. The section biomechanics teachers are clinical perfusionists Dr. Roland Hoffmann and Drs. Sandra Horsten.
Module 1: January-April 2024
Module 2 – Organ specific knowledge
Organ perfusion and resuscitation has proven its value in outcomes after transplantation. Knowledge of the relevant anatomy, ex vivo physiology, procurement, surgical back table, specific perfusion protocols, and troubleshooting are essential to perform a successful perfusion. Particular knowledge about liver, kidney, heart, and lung perfusion, and normothermic regional perfusion will be discussed.
Teachers are specified in the section teachers on organperfusion.nl.
The chapters of the modules and an indication of the study load are specified in the table below.
Module 2: April-December 2024
For Dutch students: we are working on a CZO accreditation.
Wenckebach Institute for Education and Training in collaboration with the UMC Groningen Transplant Center