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    September 21, 2018 at 10:40 am #1504
    1. WHEREAS, as of September 14th, 2018, at 10:48am EST, 114,544 patients are currently on the waiting
    2. list in need of a life-saving organ transplant in the United States, resulting in an average of 22 patients
    3. dying each day while waiting for a transplant due to a shortage of donated organs;1,2 and
    1. WHEREAS, in 2008, children, especially those under 5 years of age, had the highest death rate on the
    2. transplant waiting list compared to any other age range and the number of pediatric deceased donors
    3. continued to decline3; and
    1. WHEREAS, liver and kidney disease kill over 120,000 individuals each year, more people than
    2. Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, or prostate cancer4; and
    1. WHEREAS, 95% of adults support organ donation but only 54% are actually registered as organ
    2. donors; and
    1. WHEREAS, every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list, contributing to
    2. the persistent gap between the supply and demand of organs2; and
    1. WHEREAS, “currently, there are limited programs educating the population about organ donation in
    2. the United States resulting in a situation in which the public lacks basic knowledge and understanding of
    3. organ donation, i.e. the dire need, living vs. deceased, which organs can be donated during one’s
    4. lifetime, the time, effort and risk involved”2; and
    1. WHEREAS, education provided by United States federal government organizations, including national
    2. DMV website, does not sufficiently educate the public on organ donation facts, myths, and resources5,
    3. and
    1. WHEREAS, a Quality Improvement (QI) study, in which patients were provided an organ donation
    2. pamphlet and registration form, performed by the University of Toronto at a primary care clinic showed
    3. an overall 18.3% increase in successful organ donor registrations6, and
    1. WHEREAS, a cross-sectional study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association
    2. concluded that only 17% of physicians were trained in organ donation communications during medical
    3. school, 36% of family physicians felt organ donation discussion was outside their scope of practice, and
    4. argued that DMV employees are not fully trained to educate the public on participation in the organ
    5. donation registry7; now, therefore, be it
    1. RESOLVED, that SOMA and the AOA support increasing public education and awareness of the
    2. importance of organ donation, including organ donation counseling during the initial patient visit as a

    1. means of educating and encouraging patients to become organ donors in order to ameliorate the national
    2. organ shortage; and be it further
    1. RESOLVED, that SOMA and the AOA support further research on organ donation in the United States
    2. as well as cost-benefit analysis of the implementation of policies aimed at increasing the number of
    3. individual organ donors on the national organ donation list.


    1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (2018). Organ Procurement and Transplantation. Retrieved from https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/
    2. United Network for Organ Sharing (2018). Retrieved from https://unos.org/data/
    3. McDiarmid, S.V., Cherikh, W.S., Sweet, S.C. Preventable Death: Children on the Transplant Waiting List (2008.)
    4. American Transplant Foundation (2018). Retrieved from https://www.americantransplantfoundation.org/about-transplant/facts-and-myths/
    5. DMV.org (2018). Retrieved from https://www.dmv.org/organ-donation-myths.php
    6. National Center for Biotechnology Information, Inc. (2018). Increasing Organ Donor Registration in a Primary Care Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5411726/
    7. National Center for Biotechnology Information, Inc. (2018). Primary Care Physicians’ Attitudes and practices Regarding Discussing Organ Donation with Their Patients. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4675667/#!po=62.5000
    8. Ahmad, G., Iftikhar, S. An Analysis of Organ Donation Policy in the United States (2016, May). Retrieved from http://www.rimed.org/rimedicaljournal/2016/05/2016-05-25-cont-ahmad.pdf

    9. Submitted by:
      Aerial Petty, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Mayen Gonzalez, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Samantha Gooch, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Sven Wang, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Justine Harris McKee, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Carlos Garcia Galindo, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

      Action Taken:


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