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Michelle Jarvi, CTBS

Michelle Jarvi, CTBS

Clinical Specialist - Tissue

Michelle Jarvi, CTBS Michelle Jarvi is a Clinical Specialist at Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) in Toronto, Ontario. She is an AATB Certified Tissue Banking Specialist with over seven years experience in Tissue Recovery and Training, Donor Suitability, Quality Assurance and Project Management. Michelle began her tissue banking career in 2012 and has held a variety of positions; some of which include, Tissue Recovery and Processing Technician, Tissue Recovery Manager and Clinical Specialist. Michelle has been instrumental in establishing the tissue recovery system in Ontario. She has had the opportunity to train alongside many OPOs in the USA as well as industry leading surgeons and doctors. Michelle has also held a Funeral Directors Licence (Class 1) for the last eight years.

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    This presentation will explain the collaboration process and system established for international tissue recovery training, its effectiveness and lessons learned. In 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care wanted an integrated and effective tissue donation, banking, and transplant system for Ontario, and in 2017 tissue recovery was consolidated under Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN). The leadership team at TGLN had to develop a process to train all their recovery staff, this proved difficult due to very low donor numbers. TGLN decided that outsourcing training to an American OPO with higher donor numbers would be the most practical option for training and to learn best practices. LifeGift learned of the training opportunity and was selected as the OPO to train the TGLN recovery staff.