2023 Annual Meeting Preconferences

Please note that all times are listed in Central Daylight Time (CDT). All three preconference sessions will be Livestreamed. They will also available on demand a few weeks after the conference. 

Additional registration fee required for preconference sessions.

Thursday, October 12

8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pharmacology Preconference (Available for virtual and in-person attendees)
Ruchita Amin, PharmD BCPS BCTXP, Kristine Schonder, PharmD, and Heather Snyder, PharmD, BCPS
The  Pharmacology Preconference session will be a four-hour event with three speakers. The presentations included in the Pharmacology Preconference are: 

Opportunistic Infection Prophylaxis Post-Transplant
Ruchita Amin, PharmD BCPS BCTXP, Emory University Hospital
Every wonder why every transplant patient is on so many different anti-infectives, for different durations? Then this talk is just for you! Come join us in navigating the “why” behind opportunistic infection prophylaxis and diving into the strategies that exist; both successful and cumbersome. During this time, we will also discuss emerging therapy options and attempt to clarify the method behind the madness.

Sooner or Later: Vaccines and the Transplant Patient
Kristine Schonder, PharmD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
This presentation will discuss vaccine recommendations for transplant patients. Participants will gain an understanding of the considerations for vaccine selection and timing for both transplant candidates and recipients. Real-life scenarios will highlight challenges in providing vaccine recommendations and potential solutions to address patient concerns.

Semaglutide in Solid Organ Transplant
Heather Snyder, PharmD BCPS, Emory University Hospital
Has a patient asked you if they can use semaglutide for weight loss? If so, this is the session for you! This presentation will describe the potential role of this medication in transplant candidates and recipients.

Expanding the Donor Pool with Hepatitis C+ Donor Organs
Kristine Schonder, PharmD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
This presentation will discuss mechanisms to expand the donor pool to increase options for transplant using organs from donors who are positive for Hepatitis C. Participants will gain understanding of the history of transplanting HCV-positive organs and the treatment options for HCV. The overview will be balanced with a discussion of considerations that can impact long-term outcomes of transplant recipients who receive HCV+ donor organs.

12:15 - 2:15 pm
Leadership Preconference: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn (Available for virtual and in-person attendees)
Laura Taylor, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN and Stacia M. Hayes, DNP, APRN, CNE, CCTC, FAANP
Our popular leadership presenters, Drs Hays & Taylor, return to help you change the way you view setbacks, both personal and professional, so that you can be the leader you want to be. Using the principles of John Maxwell, this workshop will provide the foundation for learning and leading when times are tough. Participants will examine key elements of learners who succeed in the face of problems, failure, and loss. You will learn how to embrace successfully failing and find your path to true success!
• Learn how to turn losses into gains
• Take control of your life by learning how to make informed choices
• Harness skills like maturity, humility and responsibility to reach your full potential

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Immunology  Preconference: What You Need to Know About Transplant Immunology (Available for virtual and in-person attendees)
Peter Lalli, PhD F(ACHI)
Immunologic rejection is one of the biggest barriers to long term transplant success. This presentation will look at how and why the immune system targets transplanted organs and how the histocompatibility lab can help find the right donors for the right recipient. HLA doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it seems. This session is aimed to make you more comfortable with all things HLA.