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Improving Outcomes Through Proactive Monitoring of Transplant Patients

Improving Outcomes Through Proactive Monitoring of Transplant Patients



Time to Complete

1.50 hours


December 15, 2016


December 15, 2017
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Maximum Credits

1.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
1.50 / CE for Nurses (1.50 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours)
1.50 / CE for Social Workers
1.50 / CE for Pharmacists (0.15 CEUs)

Accredited Provider

This educational initiative is provided by CME Outfitters.

Commercial Supporter

Supported by educational grants from Astellas and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

This educational activity is supported by an independent medical educational grant from Shire.

Program Description

The current goal of transplant medicine and immunology is to develop strategies to extend the life and functionality of every allograft. While outcomes of renal and liver transplantation have improved, allograft loss remains a substantial problem associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and costs.1 Identifying the pathologic pathways responsible for allograft loss and developing targeted therapeutic interventions are currently some of the biggest challenges in transplant medicine. Education to clinicians about the various factors that can result in allograft loss and optimal treatment can improve the quality of life of transplant patients. Involving the patient as an active participant in treatment is essential to medication adherence and monitoring. To best represent the challenges patients face in their transplant journey, audio responses from interviews with patients who have received a transplant will be at the center of the discussion in this CME Outfitters Live and On Demand. Their voice will complement the expert faculty discussion of the latest evidence on antibody-mediated complications, regular monitoring strategies to optimize immunosuppression, and engaging patients in discussions to promote adherence and improve outcomes.

Loupy A, Hill GS, Jordan SC. The impact of donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies on late kidney allograft failure. Nat Rev Nephrol. 2012;8(6):348-57. Accessed November 1, 2016.

Intended Audience

Transplant medicine and immunology specialists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with an interest in transplant medicine

Educational Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess for DSA HLA antibodies to prevent antibody-mediated rejection in kidney and liver transplants
  • Implement regular monitoring strategies that can optimize appropriate immunosuppressant dosing
  • Engage transplant patients to participate in decisions about their treatment to improve outcomes

The following learning objectives pertain only to those requesting CNE credit:

  • Explain how to assess for DSA HLA antibodies to prevent antibody-mediated rejection in kidney and liver transplants
  • Identify regular monitoring strategies that can optimize appropriate immunosuppression while managing side effects in transplant patients
  • Describe ways to engage transplant patients to become participants in their treatment to promote adherence to medications and improve outcomes

Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CME/CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CME/CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.


Lewis W. Teperman, MD, FACS
Vice Chairman of Surgery
Director of Transplantation
Director, Northwell Health System Transplant Center
Manhasset NY
Hofstra University Medical School
Hempstead, NY

Dr. Teperman has no disclosures to report.

Vinay Nair, DO
Medical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Recanati Miller Transplant Institute
Fellowship Director, Transplant Nephrology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Dr. Nair has no disclosures to report.

Pamela E. Hill, ANP-BC, CCTC
Transplant Coordinator
Northwell Health
New York, NY

Ms. Hill has no disclosures to report.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

The CME Outfitters, LLC staff has nothing to disclose.

Planners' and Managers' Disclosures

Jeffrey Helfand, DO, MS, (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.
Robert Kennedy (planning committee) has no disclosures to report. 

Sharon Tordoff, CCHP, (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.




AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

CME Outfitters, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

CME Outfitters designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




CE for Nurses

Accreditation Statement

CME Outfitters, LLC, is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing,

Designation Statement

This program is approved for a maximum of 1.50 contact hours. Provider Number CEP 15510.

Note to Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists: the content of this activity pertains to pharmacology. Earn up to 1.50 contact hours of pharmacotherapeutic contact hours.




CE for Social Workers

Accreditation Statement

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886407722-3928) for 1.50 continuing education contact hours.




CE for Pharmacists

Accreditation Statement

CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 1.50 contact hours (0.15 CEUs)

Universal Activity Number: 0376-0000-16-030-H01-P (enduring program)

Activity Type: knowledge-based

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

Faculty of this CE activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.

CME Outfitters, LLC, the faculty, Astellas, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


There are no fees for participating in this CME/CE activity. To receive credit, participants must (1) read the learning objectives and disclosure statements, (2) study the educational activity, and (3) complete the post-test and activity evaluation form, including the certificate information section.

To obtain a certificate, participants must receive a score of 75% or better on the post-test. The post-test can be accessed at the end of the activity. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

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