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Pediatric Council Report 2012-2013

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Melanie Everitt, MD
Council Past Chair

The Pediatric Council has been active on a number of projects during 2012-2013.

The first Pediatric Thoracic Transplant Masters Academy was held April 23rd in Montreal with topics of interest for heart failure and cardiac transplant specialists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and respiratory failure and lung transplant specialists. The learning objectives and topics discussed at the Masters Academy will be used by Daphne Hsu, Debra Dodd, and the Education Workforce to establish the framework for the Core Competencies in Pediatric Thoracic Transplantation. These core competencies will be developed over the next 12 months.

Online education material about pediatric heart transplant for patients and their parents was developed by members of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Foundation and was endorsed by the ISHLT at the December 2012 board meeting. The ISHLT, AST, CST, and PHTS have now endorsed this important educational resource which will be available later this year.

Guidelines for the management of both pediatric heart failure and pediatric lung failure are in progress:

Lastly, members of the Pediatric Council have provided important feedback regarding issues related to UNOS policy and pediatric requirements for transplantation center classification and physician/surgeon training. Members were also polled regarding their interest in having a patient advocacy group as part of ISHLT. While opinions on both of these topics were varied, it is important to note that many members participated in these discussions and their input is vital to the ISHLT as well as to policy-making bodies such as UNOS.

The pediatric thoracic transplant community through the Pediatric Council of ISHLT has made a difference this year on a number of fronts. Through education, research, practice guidelines, and shaping of transplant policy we can continue to positively affect pediatric thoracic transplantation for our Council and our patients.

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to report.