Increasing Demand on Master Education for Donation and Transplantation

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IntroductionTransplant Procurement Management (TPM) and the University of Barcelona (UB) offers a Master in Donation and Transplantation since 2004. Until 2010, 3 Spanish, 3 English and 4 Italian editions were held. Since 2011 it has been in English. The aim of the study is to analyze the number of students, their profile and scores to evaluate improving measures.MethodsData is organized in 3 groups and 2 periods (2004-2010 & 2011-2016): number of students, profile and scores. The variables for the profile are gender, nationality and background. For the scores, the first period evaluates the final grade and the second, the scores in the academic modules.ResultsNumberThere were 96 students until 2010, and since 2011, 111, with a decrease in the last editions (21; 20; 15).ProfileIn 2004-2010 there was a slight variation between women (56,25%) and men (43,75%). There are 7 profiles and Medicine is most frequent (47,91%). The nationalities according to the language are: 1 European for Italian edition, 14 from American countries in the Spanish edition, and 4 in the English edition, mostly from Asia (3).In 2011-2016, the proportion of women was still prevalent (63,13%). The background heterogeneity was lower (4) and still Medicine is the highest (57,66%). Students were from 32 countries, mostly European (46) and American (50).ScoresIn 2005-2010 students were qualified on an on-site and online course on Donation & Transplantation, an internship and a Dissertation (FMD). The Master’s final grade was Pass/Fail.In 2011-2016, students were evaluated in 4 modules (Donation, Transplantation, Management, and Tissue Banking), an internship and a FMD. Donation has the lowest score (7,32/10) and Transplantation the highest (8,15/10).ConclusionConsidering that the main characteristics of the master are the students’ internationality and heterogeneity, the improving measures must focus on flexibility in the module selection and promoting online modality.

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