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    February 21, 2019 at 5:15 pm #2372
    1. WHEREAS, as of January 29th, 2019 at 10:36 AM EST, 113,677 patients are currently on the
    2. waiting list in need of a life-saving organ transplant in the United States, resulting in an average of
    3. 22 patients dying each day while waiting for a transplant due to a shortage of donated organs;1,2 and
    4. WHEREAS, in 2008, children, especially those under 5 years of age, had the highest death rate on
    5. the transplant waiting list compared to any other age range and the number of pediatric deceased
    6. donors continued to decline3; and
    7. WHEREAS, liver and kidney disease kill over 120,000 individuals each year, more people than
    8. Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, or prostate cancer4; and
    9. WHEREAS, 95% of adults support organ donation but only 54% are actually registered as organ
    10. donors; and
    11. WHEREAS, every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list,
    12. contributing to the persistent gap between the supply and demand of organs2; and
    13. WHEREAS , “currently, there are limited programs educating the population about organ donation
    14. in the United States resulting in a situation in which the public lacks basic knowledge and
    15. understanding of organ donation, i.e. the dire need, living vs. deceased, which organs can be
    16. donated during one’s lifetime, the time, effort and risk involved”2; and
    17. WHEREAS, education provided by United States federal government organizations, including
    18. national DMV website, does not sufficiently educate the public on organ donation facts, myths, and
    19. resources5; and
    20. WHEREAS, a Quality Improvement (QI) study, in which patients were provided an organ
    21. donation pamphlet and registration form, performed by the University of Toronto at a primary care
    22. clinic showed an overall 18.3% increase in successful organ donor registrations6; therefore, be it
    23. RESOLVED, that the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and the American
    24. Osteopathic Association (AOA) support increasing public education and awareness of the
    25. importance of organ donation in all primary care patients (including pediatrics patients’ parents or
    26. legal guardians, and Power of Attorney), including organ donation counseling during a patient’s
    27. initial primary care visit with a new provider as a means of educating and encouraging patients to
    28. become organ donors in order to ameliorate the national organ shortage; and be it further
    29. RESOLVED, that SOMA and the AOA support further research on organ donation in the United
    30. States as well as cost-benefit analysis of the implementation of policies aimed at increasing the
    31. number of 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

    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

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  1. Jessalyn Lance
    Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
    February 22, 2019 at 10:46 am #2400

    This is great!!

  2. Daniel Sunderland
    LECOM at Seton Hill
    February 22, 2019 at 11:01 am #2401

    The earlier we can get people to think about this, the better!