EMPODaT, the European-Mediterranean Postgraduate Program on Organ Donation and Transplantation, is a TEMPUS project funded by the European Commission, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), to develop and implement a Postgraduate Program on Organ Donation and Transplantation, in accordance with the European Space for Higher Education guidelines. It will employ a blended learning methodology and will provide a common framework, where Universities from 4 different European countries and 3 countries benefitting from the European Neighbourhood Policy Partnership Instrument (ENPI) will collaborate actively to develop a successful lifelong learning strategy.
It is addressed to healthcare professionals involved or about to join Organ Donation and Transplantation in Morocco, Egypt and Lebanon and aims at setting the base for a European-Mediterranean Training Model of Specialists in Organ Donation and Transplantation.
This may result in the development of safe and quality transplant systems in the Mediterranean area as the training of healthcare professionals is proved to have a positive impact upon organ donation (see ETPOD article).
- To design a Postgraduate Program for Specialists in Organ Donation and Transplantation, conceived as a blended training program, in accordance with the European Space for Higher Education guidelines, and the needs of ENPI participant countries, based on a common curriculum and certification degree (ECTS).
- To develop academic and scientific contents and tools and include them in an e–learning platform that will allow students from ENPI Universities to be trained as specialists in Organ Donation and Transplantation in the framework of the Bologna three cycle structure.
- To train a group of 12 ENPI teachers who will become the faculty and coordinators of EMPODaT in their countries and will provide training to 90 ENPI students.
- To generate a consulting network with the participation of universities and other allied institutions, regional, national and international bodies in Organ Donation and Transplantation to ensure the transferability of EMPODaT.
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Phase 1. EMPODaT Design
A diagnosis study has carried out considering the following issues:
- Current educational training programs on organ donation and transplantation in the consortium countries (EU+ENPI)
- Skills and knowledge of health science students in organ donation and transplantation (ENPI Universities)
- Accreditation (ECTS) stipulations in the ENPI universities and competent authorities for higher education in order to meet the requirements of accreditation standards
- Analysis of organ donation and transplantation activity in ENPI countries
- Evaluation of internet access and digital literacy in ENPI countries
Based on diagnosis study results, the consortium draw up a plan agreed by all partners for joint actions to create a homogenized EMPODaT curriculum.
Phase 2. EMPODaT Development
EMPODaT include the following academic modules:
“Learn to Teach” Educational Program
Beneficiaries: 12 ENPI Faculty Staff (2 members from each ENPI University: 1 Academic and 1 Management Coordinator) that will constitute the EMPODaT faculty.
“Postgraduate Program on Organ Donation and Transplantation” include:
- Organ Donation online module (5 ECTS): October-December 2014.
- Organ Transplantation online module (5 ECTS): January-March 2015.
- Organ Donation and Transplantation local seminars (5 ECTS): organized throughout the 8 months of EMPODaT implementation (flexible schedule).
- Donation and Transplantation hospital traineeships (5+5 ECTS). November 2014- April 2015.
- International assessment face to face seminar (5 ECTS): May-June 2015. One course take place in each ENPI Country: Lebanon, Morocco and Egypt with the support of tutors from EU and ENPI universities.
Beneficiaries: There are a total of 90 students from the 6 ENPI Universities (15 per each). Students’ selection is performed on basis of gender equality and profile diversity
Phase 3. EMPODaT Implementation and Follow up
EMPODaT are implemented in the 6 ENPI Universities between October 2014 and July 2015, will last 10 months and correspond to 750 hours (30 ECTS). It provide with knowledge abilities and skills that will enable students to undertake future organ donation and transplantation activities, according to the requirements and characteristics of their profession.
Upon successful completion, students are certified.
A project quality control, follow up and evaluation system are designed and implemented to ensure the efficient implementation of the educational program.