Advanced Practice Providers Community of Practice (APP COP)

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2021-2022 Executive Committee

Chair: Kristen Ryland (2023)
Co-Chair: Anna Frank (2023)
Past Chair: Brenda Muth (2023)
Board Liaison: Linda Ohler (2022)
Heather McDade (2022)
Kenai Hattori (2023)
Gina Jamero (2023)
Hailey Kessler (2023)
Early Career: Kimberly Gardner Wescoe (2022)  

Staff Liaison: Anne Kreiss (

Fellowship Training Opportunities for Advanced Practice Providers

Below are two fellowship training opportunities for transplant advanced practice providers. If you would like to post a clinical or research position, please send a brief (200-word limit) announcement to the APP COP staff liaison, Anne Kreiss, at The announcement should include contact information (address, phone, fax, and/or e-mail) of the recruiter.

Duke University Hospital

One position is open every September for the NP/PA abdominal transplant fellowship program. I just wanted to reach out to everyone in the transplant community with a request to let both new graduates and experienced NP/PAs know about this opportunity. If everyone can let their peers know that will be greatly appreciated! They can either go to Abdominal Transplant Fellowship for Advanced Practice Providers or contact me directly at

Also, I am very interested in finding similar fellowship programs to create an opportunity for fellows to visit other institutions as part of their curriculum. If anyone is interested in trying to develop this exchange program please let me know!

Thank you!

Kenai Hattori, FNP-C
Director of Abdominal Transplant Fellowship for APPs

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt has a one-year multi-organ transplant fellowship. It is a paid fellowship. I am happy to discuss in more detail. My email address is

Thank you!

Deonna Moore, PhD, MSN, ACNP
Administrative Director, Transplant Clinical Services

2021-2022 Initiatives

Engage the community through work on meaningful initiatives that are addressed by different workgroups (outside of the executive committee):

  • Evaluate our three subcommittees (Education/Research, Membership, and APP Practice) to determine if they continue to align with the needs of the COP
  • Continue to engage COP members to participate in subcommittees
  • Encourage COP members to collaborate with other COPs by joining workgroups that align with APP interests and clinical needs
  • Disseminate APP Practice survey, analyze, publish results, and develop a follow-up survey as indicated

Submit at least one idea for an educational opportunity (either through an ATC program proposal or another mechanism):

  • Continue to pursue educational ideas based on our 2018 Needs Assessment
  • Plan to update Needs Assessment in 2023
  • Develop programming for each ATC
  • Continue to collaborate with other COPs for presentations such as T-3 webinars 
  • Use the Hub to informally poll APP COP members on what they have published on, and use this to guide future ATC programming ideas

Create content that serves the community and the AST at large, such as guidelines, white papers, journal clubs, etc.

  • Develop multimedia educational content opportunities for the COP
  • Develop onboarding training for transplant APPs as a guideline that is approved by AST

Ensure COP mission statement and strategic plan are aligned to AST strategic vision and demonstrate progress on the strategic plan in subsequent years:

  • Mission Statement: To advocate for, support, and advance the knowledge of transplant APPs
  • Strategic Plan:
    • Provide educational opportunities for APPs within AST
    • Provide networking opportunities for APPS
    • Expand APP participation in AST through committee involvement and collaboration with other COPs
    • Supports APPS in participating in academic activities (research, publications, and presentations)

Assess member educational needs with input from the education committee:

  • Continue to develop programming based on the 2018 needs assessment
  • Reassessment of needs in 2023
  • Incorporate educational needs identified by the APP Practice survey

Maintain a repository of resources for community membership (such as COP online library):

  • Develop "librarians" or "media specialists" to manage resources on the Hub

Nominate members for the AST Board and other leadership positions within AST:

  • APPs contribute to the Transplant community through participation in AST Committees
  • Identify members to nominate for Achievement Awards
  • Encourage members to fill out the AST Committee Interest Form to gain access to AST committees

Provide opportunities for the membership to network/collaborate throughout the year (outside of ATC):

  • Develop a COP member spotlight to post on the Hub and the COP web page quarterly
  • Social event at ATC 2022
  • Maintain mentorship program
  • Continue travel grant program
  • Engage members in participating in the donation derby to support mentoring and travel grant programs

Encourage members to suggest initiatives and share ideas through the online communities:

  • Promote sharing of ideas on the Hub and through Twitter and COP subcommittees and workgroups
  • Explore other social media platforms for communication

Actively sustain COP-to-AST membership conversion and growth of the COP and AST:

  • Fee structure realignment per AST
  • Mentoring program and travel grant program

Provide regular updates to the COP membership (minimum of once per quarter) and to the Board:

  • Monthly Hub updates
  • Tweet at least twice per week