Authorization Practices


Feedback has been provided that we may better serve our membership if we offer this program in a different format. Details of a new offering will be made available in early 2020. Thank you to all who have given us this valuable input. We look forward to bringing you a new and improved course offering in 2020.


November 6 – 8, 2019

Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe , Arizona

It all starts with the YES! Achieve your goal of becoming an expert in approach and authorization by interacting with accomplished professionals in the field. Learn about best practices that led to their success.  Submerse yourself in this 2 ½ day intense course to prepare you for even the most difficult of situations such as immediate withdrawal and registry opposition.  From taking care of others to caring for yourself—we have it covered. 


Wednesday, November 6

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.                   Resiliency/Compassion fatigue training (Vanessa Velez & Lori Clark)
10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.           Morning break
10:15 a.m. to Noon              Resiliency/Compassion fatigue training (Vanessa Velez & Lori Clark)
Noon to 1 p.m.                      Lunch
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.              “Developing A Culture of Diversity, Collaboration, and Inclusion to Increase
                                                Authorization”    (Bobby Howard and    Rosaline Rhoden)
2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.          Afternoon break
2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.          Tissue/Eye/Research authorization (Bobby Howard and Rosaline Rhoden)
3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.          Takeaways from the day/what is working for you?       

Thursday, November 7

8 a.m. to Noon                       Donation after Circulatory Death focus to include: (Jamie Rivas,  & Jon Carrier)
                                                             15 minute morning break included

          • Preparing the family for DCD
          • Registered DCD – to move forward or not based on Revised UAGA
          • The unregistered DCD
          • Navigating quick moving approaches where family has decided to withdraw immediately and the expedited DCD
          • DCD that do not arrest in time
          • Challenging case scenarios

Noon to 1 p.m.                         Lunch
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.                       Donation after Circulatory Death (continued) (Jamie Rivas, & Jon Carrier)
2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.                 Afternoon break
2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.            Death by Neurological Criteria

          • Registered declines and how to best navigate (Lori Kramer Clark & Andrew Mullins)
          • Vascular Composite Allografts (Jon Carrier)
          • Preparing families for the goodbye (transfer of donor to offsite recovery location as well as families leaving hospital prior to OR) (Speaker Panel)

3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.                     Challenging case scenarios (Lori Kramer Clark & Jon Carrier)

Friday, November 8

8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.                       Staffing models for optimal outcomes (Faculty panel)
8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.                 Hiring the right fit (Faculty panel)
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.               Equipping team for success (Faculty panel)
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.             Morning break 
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.             OPO training models (Lori Kramer Clark & Vanessa Velez)
11:15 a.m. to Noon                      Reviewing individual and team performance (Lori Kramer Clark & Wendy Garrison)
Noon to 12:30 p.m.                      Wrap up/Evaluation


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Location & Accommodations

The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel is five miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The hotel is located in downtown Tempe and within walking distance of more than 170 shops, galleries and restaurants.  Tempe Mission Palms offers many amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool with two whirlpools, complimentary fitness center and tennis courts. To learn more about the hotel, please visit

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
60 East Fifth Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Rooms $199 per night plus fees and taxes

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Updated 9-11-2019