A series of Live Grand Rounds Presentations

Welcome to "Best Practices in Care to Improve Outcomes for Transplant Recipients.” A series of live CME-certified in-hospital presentations will be held at locations nationwide in 2017 and 2018.

In 2016, there were more than 30,000 transplants in the US. Despite favorable short-term outcomes and advances in surgical and medical care of solid-organ transplant recipients, long-term graft survival and patient survival have not improved during the past 2 decades. Immunosuppressive regimens are the cornerstone of treatment to maintain graft survival. Recent focus has been on improving the balance of over- and under-immunosuppression; however, it is also critical to ensure best-practice regimen design, ongoing monitoring, and adjustments to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

Best Practices in Care to Improve Outcomes for Transplant Recipients will explore the recent focus on quality improvement in transplant centers and best-practice strategies to improve the quality of patient care and outcomes. These strategies include active participation in registries, such as the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), and utilization of biomarkers to identify graft rejection early and break down patient barriers to optimal adherence after transplantation.

This activity is intended for community internal medicine physicians, nephrologists, and members of the transplant team, including transplant physicians, surgeons, nurses, nurse coordinators, social workers, and pharmacists.

This program is designed to address ACGME and IOM competencies, including delivering patient-centered care, practicing evidence-based medicine, and focusing on quality improvement.                                      

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Describe strategies to leverage center-specific data and best practices from transplant quality-improvement initiatives to improve processes of care
  • Discuss the importance of regular monitoring strategies that can allow early identification of graft rejection and allow for appropriate changes in immunosuppressant regimen
  • Identify patient barriers to adherence to improve implementation of strategies to engage patients and maximize adherence after transplantation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe. The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please email: contact@potomacme.org.

The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Global Education Group is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

This educational activity for 1.0 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There is no fee for this educational activity. To receive CME/CE credit the participant must:

  • Participate in this one-hour-long program;
  • Sign in on the sheet provided by the host coordinator;
  • Complete the evaluation forms;
  • Return the evaluation forms to the host coordinator.


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Transplant Registries: Healthy Competition and Sharing Best Practices
  • Proactive Approaches to Identify and Manage Long-term Graft Rejection
  • Multidisciplinary Strategies to Engage Patients and Improve Adherence
  • Q&A Session and Activity Roundup

The Potomac Center for Medical Education (PCME) adheres to the policies and guidelines, including the Standards for Commercial Support, set forth to providers by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and all other professional organizations, as applicable, stating those activities where continuing education credits are awarded must be balanced, independent, objective, and scientifically rigorous.

All persons in a position to control the content of a continuing medical education program provided by PCME are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to PCME as well as to learners. All conflicts of interest are identified and resolved by PCME in accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support in advance of delivery of the activity to learners.

Disclosures will be made known to the participants prior to the activity.

The content of this activity was vetted by an external reviewer to assure objectivity and that the activity is free of commercial bias.

The contents of some CME/CE activities may contain discussions of non-approved or off-label uses of some agents mentioned. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.

​If you are interested in attending or scheduling a meeting in your local area, please contact Kathy Whyte at 443-909-7901 or kwhyte@rockpointe.com 

LIVE PROGRAM MATERIALS (For Speakers and Administrators)

I. Administrator Material

II. Speaker Material

Thank you for joining us as an expert speaker for the grand rounds series, "Best Practices in Care to Improve Outcomes for Transplant Recipients."

This orientation will familiarize you with the complete slide set, provide insight from the program steering committee, and address potential questions.

Transcript of Speaker Orientation Download (PDF)

Audio download of Speaker Orientation - Download (MP3)

CME-certified Program Slides
This version of the program slides has been CME-certified and these slides are to be used for this activity. Download (PDF)


 Professor of Medicine
 University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
 Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program
 Penn Transplant Institute
 Philadelphia, PA


Roy D. Bloom, MD received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He underwent postgraduate training in England, a medical residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and nephrology fellowship training at both Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1994. Since 1999, he has been a Renal Division faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is Professor of Medicine. He has been the Medical Director of the Penn Kidney Transplant Program since 2002.

Dr. Bloom is an active member of several professional societies. He has served on several American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and American Society of Transplantation (AST) Committees related to patient care, education, and practice improvement. He presently serves on the ASN Public Policy Board. He has been a member of Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) and Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Work Groups for management of hepatitis C virus, as well as for kidney recipient care.

Dr. Bloom currently co-chairs the AST/ASN Transplant Course at the Annual Kidney Week and is a member of the Program Committee of the AST/ASN Transplant Nephrology Core Curriculum. He has co-authored more than 160 publications. He is currently an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. In addition to overseeing a robust transplant clinical trials program, his research interests include viral infections in kidney transplantation, as well as clinical immunosuppression studies and post-transplant outcomes.

 Professor of Medicine and Surgery
 Director of Clinical Research
 Comprehensive Transplant Center
 Feinberg School of Medicine
 Medical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
 Northwestern Memorial Hospital
 Chicago, IL

John Friedewald, MD received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University and his medical doctorate from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and nephrology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Friedewald is now a transplant nephrologist in Chicago. He serves as Professor of Medicine and Surgery at Northwestern University in the Divisions of Nephrology and the Comprehensive Transplant Center. He is also the Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the Director of Kidney and Pancreas Clinical Research for the Transplant Center.

His clinical interests include improving options for highly sensitized patients through desensitization and kidney paired donation (KPD). One of his main research interests is developing proteogenomic biomarkers for use in transplantation. 

He is actively involved in policy development and recently completed a term as the Chair of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Kidney Transplant Committee. That Committee developed a new national allocation policy for deceased donor kidney allocation. He has also served as the Chair of the Kidney Paired Donation Workgroup for UNOS and is the Vice Chair of the Membership and Professional Standards Committee (MPSC) at UNOS. He is past Chair of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) Kidney and Pancreas Community of Practice.


 Erin Wells, BSN, RN, CCTC, CPN
 Manager, Clinical Care
 Kovler Organ Transplantation Center
 Northwestern Medicine
 Chicago, IL


Erin Wells, BSN, RN, CCTC, CPN is a Clinical Care Manager with the transplant team at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, IL. She began her career as a pediatric nurse and has had the opportunity to work in various roles at several of the nation’s top hospitals over the last 14 years. Her focus for the last 6 years has been on thoracic and abdominal transplant.

Throughout her career, Erin has been instrumental in programmatic growth and development, as well as crafting and implementing care processes, guidelines, and disease-specific tools. Erin is passionate about improving care for patients by strengthening their care teams through engagement and relationship building. She has also done extensive work in the areas of patient and multidisciplinary staff education.

Erin holds a BS in nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

She maintains dual certification in both transplant and pediatric nursing. Erin serves on the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation’s Nursing, Health Sciences, and Allied Health Council, as well as the Alliance’s Leadership and Innovation Council. She has presented a number of abstracts in local, regional, and national forums.


Jointly provided by Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe


Jointly provided by Global Education Group and Rockpointe


This activity has been supported through an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.