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APM Special Interest Group: TRANSPLANT PSYCHIATRY

Co-Chairs: Andrea DiMartini, MD, FAPM and Catherine Crone, MD, FAPM

Welcome to our SIG. We are psychiatrists and clinicians involved in issues of organ transplantation. We consult with patients, their families and donors, and their physicians.

We meet in person each year at the APM Annual Meeting in November. At other times we communicate via a listserv (a private Google Group). Approximately 150 professionals are members of APM's Transplant Psychiatry SIG.

Transplant Psychiatry Listserv

The primary means of communication among members of the HIV/AIDS Psychiatry SIG is via listserv. Only members of the SIG may post and receive group messages, as well as view the archived postings.

APM Members: To join our SIG, you simply need to update your APM membership profile:

  1. Sign into the Members' Corner, and click the link to "View or update your profile."
  2. Check "Transplant Psychiatry" in the list of special interest groups that displays toward the bottom of your profile page.
  3. Review/update your other profile information, and click the"Post Changes" button.

Alternatively, email the Academy office at info@apm.org with your request to join the SIG.

If you are not a member of the Academy, submit the online form to join the SIG. Because the issues discussed in the Transplant Psychiatry SIG are intended for professionals who are involved or interested in transplantation, filling out the form does not automatically add you to the SIG. The SIG moderator will review your information, and you will receive an email when you have been added to the listserv. If you are a current SIG subscriber and wish to change your email, contact the Academy office at info@apm.org for assistance.

We encourage all of our SIG members to also become a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. For an AIDS psychiatrist or other mental health clinician, the Academy is an important resource since AIDS psychiatry is characterized by multimorbid severe and complex medical illnesses. The APM is a remarkable organization that meets once a year and no matter how beautiful the location, the meetings are so packed with outstanding faculty and inspiring courses, symposia, and workshops that the location pales by comparison and the meetings are too good to miss! It is an organization that serves as an inspiration, a chance for networking, and a place to learn. Membership has many other advantages including a subscription to the Academy's journal, Psychosomatics. To join the APM, please see How to Join APM.

Of Interest to Transplant Psychiatrists

bullet"Transplantation" Section of APM's PM/C-L Bibliography

bulletOPTN policies on "Living Donation" (PDF, section 12 of Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network [OPTN] Policies)

bullet"Living Liver and Kidney Donation" virtual issue of the American Journal of Transplantation

bulletOrgan Traffiking: The "Taipei Recommendation"

The Asian Task Force on Organ Trafficking, composed of 14 bioethics scholars from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. who share a deep concern about the situation of organ trafficking across borders, has issued its "Recommendations on the Prohibition, Prevention and Elimination of Organ Trafficking in Asia." These three PDF documents are available for your use and distribution:

PDF iconIntroduction Letter from the chair and coordinator of the task force
PDF iconSummary of Recommendations
PDF iconFull Report

From the Introduction Letter:

In consideration of the facts that there is a widening gap between organ demand and supply for transplantation, which lead to the result that patients in need have been traveling beyond geographical borders to receive transplants, either because of organ shortage at home or because transplant service has not been well established in their home countries; also taking into serious account the situations that agents and middlemen have exploited the situation as organ trafficking and that some Asian countries have become the sources of black market organs and the hub for transplant tourism, the Task Force is of the firm view that the mere condemnation could not stop the serious situation. There must be concrete steps taken by government authorities, public and private organizations as well as individuals to help stopping, preventing and eliminating organ trafficking. The Recommendations represent the joint views of the Task Force members about the principles and measures to be implemented for this purpose.

We sincerely hope that these Recommendations will be of assistance to you in formulating policies and in adopting specific measures. More specifically, we hope that these Recommendations will be fully integrated into your policies and measures so that the ultimate goal of eliminating organ trafficking in Asia could be achieved earlier.

bulletProceedings from the 2007 Rotterdam Transplant Conference

In spring 2008 the Proceedings from the 2007 Rotterdam Transplant Conferrence (more information below) were published in Organ Transplantation: Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects. Towards a common European policy. The conference website lists the contents of the Proceedings here.

Transplant Psychiatry Conferences

PAST CONFERENCES:

April 4–6, 2008
7th Biennial Conference on Psychiatric, Psychosocial, & Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation

Held in downtown Chicago, "Dilemmas and Struggles in Transplantation: Ethics, Psychosocial Considerations, and Policy" was co-sponsored by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM), the Chicago Transplant Ethics Consortium (CTEC), the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Multidisciplinary experts presented and discussed current key issues in organ donation, candidate selection, and other essential topics in transplantation for ethicists, physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists working in solid organ transplantation. For program details, see the PDF General Information, Program & Registration.

April 1–4, 2007
Rotterdam Transplant Conference

Organized by the University Medical Center of Rotterdam, the Dutch Transplant Foundation, and the Dutch Health Council, this 2007 conference "Organ Transplantation: Ethical, Legal and Psychological Aspects" was held at the World Trade Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Proceedings from the conference were published in spring 2008 in Organ Transplantation: Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects. Towards a common European policy. The program and more information about 2007 conference is available from the ELPAT site at www.elpat.eu along with information about the group's next conference April 18–21, 2010, in Rotterdam.

February 4–6, 2005
6th Biennial Conference on Psychiatric, Psychosocial, and Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation

Sponsored by UCLA and hosted by Dr. Curley Bonds, the 6th Biennial Conference on Psychiatric, Psychosocial, and Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation was held in Santa Monica in 2005. Special focus was on "Improving Quality of Life for Donors, Recipients and Families." It was a great success and attracted participants from many disciplines from all over the world.

Related Organizations

Psychosocial Community of Practice (PSCOP) is a multidisciplinary group of members of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) who are involved in the assessment and care of the organ recipient and living organ donor throughout the transplant process. The PSCOP, launched in January 2014, will also represent researchers who are interested and involved in psychosocial research in organ transplantation. The AST is uniquely positioned to improve the psychosocial care of transplant candidates, recipients, and donors by providing a venue for transplant psychosocial providers and researchers to convene and establish a collaborative, multidisciplinary professional group.
      Membership in PSCOP is free to AST members; non-members may join with a 1-year free trial membership. For more information, see the PSCOP launch flyer. To join, submit the AST's Community of Practice sign-up form.

Chicago Transplant Ethics Consortium (CTEC). Members of CTEC have been meeting regularly since June 2003 for topical case review and deliberation in order to better understand and meaningfully respond to ethical issues in organ transplantation on a local, regional, national, and international level. 
      This interdisciplinary group has a diverse membership comprised of voluntary individuals from various disciplines and institutions with a common interest in the evolving social and ethical aspects of organ transplantation.  The consortium includes physicians and nurses from various medical disciplines including but not limited to transplantation, social workers, ethicists and philosophers as well as recipients and living donors.  Members include health care professionals and administrators from both adult and pediatric transplant programs. 
      Although the group is hosted by the Transplant Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, members from other academic and non-academic institutions participate actively in weekly meetings. Materials for discussion and details of the meetings are disseminated to the membership-at-large by email communications.

European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) is the umbrella organization under which all European transplant activities are organized. ESOT cooperates with many transplant organizations to structure and streamline these activities in Europe.
      Several organ expert sections within ESOT represent expert knowledge on particular organs. One of these expert sections is ELPAT, the European Platform for Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation. ELPAT will be helpful in mapping and bringing together European expertise on the various ethical, legal and psychosocial aspects of organ transplantation.
 

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