2013 TFCA 9th Annual Workshop for Financial Coordinators (September 18-20th)
2013 UNOS 21st Annual Transplant Management Forum (April 16-18), at The Roosevelt in New Orleans
2012 TFCA Annual Workshop for Financial Coordinators (September 26th-28th)
Just a quick update to let you know the results of the elections just held during the 3rd Annual TFCA Meeting. Michael Chaney has been re-elected to serve a 2nd term as TFCA Trustee & joining him as new Trustees will be Lori Bond, from Portland OR, & Kim Rallis from New Jersey. Congrats to all & thanks to Rea Carrera & Marlene Martin, outgoing Trustees, for their hard work these past 2 years. I am also pleased to report that the By-Laws were approved by the membership.
Laura J. Aguiar
A few reminders-in an effort to keep postage costs down, TFCA did not do a mailing for 2003 Membership. The 2003 Membership enrollment form is available for downloading on the TFCA website
We are still accepting nominations for TFCA Trustee until Friday, March 28; again, please e-mail me privately w/nominations, either for yourself or someone else! If you are not coming to New Orleans but are a member in good standing, you are eligible to vote & absentee ballots will be available April 1. They must be returned to us no later than April 25. Again, please contact me privately for an absentee ballot & please be sure to include the address you'd like it sent to (if you have a hospital mail dept like mine, it might be safer to use your home address for this).
A reminder to those members of the Certification Committee, or those who would like to participate on it, TFCA will be meeting w/representatives from the American Board of Tx Certification @ 2pm on Sunday, May 4 (prior to the start of the TFCA Meeting) to discuss the development of the exam.
A final reminder re: the Forum-the offical cut-off date to book a room @ the Sheraton for the conference rate is April 12, depending on room availability.
Hope to see you all in New Orleans,
Laura J. Aguiar
I know it's been awhile since I last posted any kind of general TFCA update & all I can say is that life as the Acting Director isn't all it's cracked up to be!
First up, everyone's favorite subject-Dues. During the 2nd Annual meeting in Las Vegas in May the membership approved an increase in TFCA Annual Dues for 2003. Therefore, the Governing Body has approved an across the board $10 increase for each category of membership & 2003 Membership forms, reflecting this increase, are available here. We would ask that all current members who plan to re-enroll for 2003 visit the website & download the appropriate enrollment form, complete it, & mail it in with your dues payment (this will also help reduce postage costs for TFCA). 2003 Member cards & Resource Guide supplements will be distributed at the 11th Annual UNOS Tx Mgmt Forum in New Orleans in May, for those members in attendance, & mailed to those who aren't. If you aren't a current member of TFCA, there's no time like the present to join, right? Complimentary, with paid membership, is "The TFCA Resource Guide for the TFC"-well worth the cost of the dues, if we do say so ourselves.
The 3rd Annual TFCA Meeting is now scheduled for Sunday, May 4 at the Sheraton New Orleans. The 11th Annual UNOS Transplant Mgmt Forum is Monday, May 5 - Wednesday, May 7, again at the Sheraton New Orleans. Preconference Workshop is Monday morning with the Main Forum beginning at 1pm Monday afternoon & ending at approximately 3:30 pm Wednesday, May 7. Further agenda details for the Forum will be posted on the TFCA website as well as the UNOS website as they become available. Tentative agenda items currently for the TFCA Meeting include Election of new Trustees & ratification of the TFCA By-Laws. Further information will also be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Now, for the really exciting stuff-the TFC Certification Exam. Being firm believers in NOT re-inventing the wheel, the TFCA Governing Body has held preliminary discussions with the American Board of Tx Coordinators re: the development of the TFC Certification Exam. The ABTC Board will meet next month by conference call to formally vote on this proposal; assuming it is approved, a Memorandum of Understanding between ABTC & TFCA would be developed for both the creation and administration of the exam. Based on ABTC's prior experiences with NATCO & ITNS, among others for example, the estimated development time is approximately 12-18 months. Among the issues to be decided would be the number of years the certification is valid for, experience required to be eligible to take the exam, & continuing education requirements as well as study tools for TFCA members (though the Resource Guide would obviously play a large part in that). ABTC utilizes computer based testing for the exams they currently give & the test itself can be taken at most H&R Block offices nationwide-cuts on the travel expenses, right? We will be looking for TFCA members of all experience levels, & all size programs, to participate in this process as will members of the TFCA Governing Body (something to think about as we look for candidates for Trustee!)
So, I hope this exciting news makes up for the lack of news the past several months. Happy Holidays to each of you & I look forward to seeing you all in New Orleans for beignets in May!
Laura J. Aguiar
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