Dear AATB Members,
The past few months have been busy here at the AATB office. We recently opened up registration for the 2018 CTBS Exam and launched our brand-new, redesigned CTBS Exam Prep Course. We also announced a new training opportunity, the Quality Auditor Training Program, which is currently open for registration and will be taking place later this summer. We also hosted our annual spring meeting, the Quality & Donor Eligibility Workshop (QDEW) in Baltimore, Maryland.
I always enjoy the AATB in-person meetings, both for the phenomenal information that I take away, but also because it gives me a chance to reconnect with AATB members and colleagues from around the country and abroad. This was especially true for the 2018 QDEW, as we had almost 300 attendees- a very strong turnout.
We have received great feedback about the meeting, with 98.7% of surveyed attendees reporting that the meeting objectives were met. I want to extend my thanks to the AATB Program Committee, the meeting speakers, and all of the attendees for making the 2018 QDEW a success.
Register for the Quality Auditor Training Program
We are pleased to announce the premiere of the AATB Quality Auditor Training Program. This program offers two optional platforms providing two levels of training and education. The first platform is the online, on-demand program designed to function as an introduction to the concept of quality and auditing, and may be beneficial to those new to this role or segment of the industry. The second platform is a two day, in-person beyond the basics workshop which will provide more in-depth, advanced materials.
Participation in both programs is not required. However, depending on your experience level, it may be recommended that you complete the Basics of Auditing program before attending the more advanced in-person workshop. You can register for the training program here.
Submit Your Nominations
- Communication & Education Awards
We are still accepting nominations for the annual Communication & Education Awards. These awards are designed as a way to share ideas and best communication practices, and to recognize and reward innovation and creativity among AATB membership. Any project, campaign, or electronic or printed tool designed to educate or increase awareness about tissue donation or lead an audience to action is eligible for consideration.
Please submit your project here before the June 8 deadline.
- Rose Parade Sponsorship
Nominations are currently being accepted for AATB's Rose Parade sponsorship contest. Each year, AATB sponsors one tissue recipient from an accredited institution to have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride on the Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade.
The Rose Parade provides the sponsored rider and their nominating organization with an incredible opportunity to promote the life-saving and life-enhancing power of tissue donation to a national audience.
If your organization knows a deserving tissue recipient, you can nominate them here. Nominations will be accepted through June 18, 2018.
Cast Your Vote
On June 1st, ballots for the election of new AATB Council officers were sent out to all members currently serving on an AATB Council. This is a great opportunity to get involved and influence the future direction of AATB and the tissue banking community. The election period will run until July 1st, so be sure to cast your vote.
Mark Your Calendar for the 2018 Annual Meeting
Registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting will be opening soon, so watch your email for the announcement. The meeting will be held October 9-12 in Dallas, Texas. The AATB Program Committee is currently soliciting topics and speakers for meeting sessions, so please submit your ideas here. Also, don't forget that we are still accepting abstract submissions for the Annual Meeting. You can submit your abstract for consideration here.
Frank S. Wilton
President & Chief Executive Officer