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Release date: October 5, 2011
Expiration date: October 4, 2012

Nursing credit for these activities will be provided through October 4, 2012

Sponsored by UMDNJ-Center for Continuing and Outreach Education (UMDNJ-CCOE).

In 2010, UMDNJ-CCOE was re-accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and received Accreditation with Commendation status, the highest rating achievable by a provider of CME.

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer, Inc.

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity.







Common Beliefs vs. Reality...

Commonly Asked Questions about Organ and Tissue DonationMisconceptions and misinformation often become the strongest opponents of donation and transplantation. Below are some common myths accompanied by the reality of the situtation:

COMMON BELIEF: "I am being encouraged to make a decision that I might not be ready to make yet."

REALITY: Taking into account countless factors, including religion, the Hero Act does NOT, in any way, force you to make a decision about organ donation. If you are not ready to be a donor or designate a decision maker in your place, you do not have to. The goal is to generate a conversation and hopefully an awareness of organ donation. You will always maintain the right to NOT be a donor.

COMMON BELIEF: "I am being encouraged to acknowledge the importance of organ donation, even if I don't agree with it."

REALITY: The Hero Act (New Jersey legislation) in no way forces you to take a stance that runs counter to your beliefs. If you do not wish to be a donor or designate a decision maker, you simply have to acknowledge that you have read through this process by checking off a box that states, I have reviewed the importance of organ donation. This is merely a formality to ensure that you have completed the process before applying for a driver's license or ID card, with the end goal being to make people consciously aware of the need for organ donation.

COMMON BELIEF: "If I designate a decision maker, it will be noted on my license and maintained in a Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) database."

REALITY: No, the MVC registry is an affirmative registry and only collects the names of those who wish to be an organ donor. If you wish to designate a decision maker, you will be able to obtain a form through an MVC office or their web site that will serve much like a living will. This will be a private document kept only by you. When the time calls for it, you and/or your family will be responsible for presenting it.

COMMON BELIEF: "This bill is going to encourage people to make a critical, life altering decision in a rush while they are at a busy MVC office."

REALITY: You can complete the process at any time prior to obtaining your license either by doing so online or by picking up a form at your MVC office ahead of time. This will enable you to make a thoughtful decision in the privacy of your own home and with the advice of family, friends or clergy.

COMMON BELIEF: "This bill places a burden on teachers and administrators by mandating them to include it into the curriculum."

REALITY: Both the NJEA and the NJ Department of Education have been involved in helping to craft this bill. The Department of Education has been charged with developing a balanced and unbiased presentation of the issue.

COMMON BELIEF: "I just read in the paper that we're doing great on organ donation, why do we even need this bill?"

REALITY: Although a record number of New Jersey residents signed up to be organ donors last year, we still have a long way to go to bridge the gap between those who desperately need a transplant and those who are willing to donate. The fact still remains that close to 5,000 New Jersey residents are presently waiting for a life saving organ donation. Furthermore, each year roughly 6,000 people in this country die while waiting for an organ transplant.


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In 2010, UMDNJ-CCOE was re-accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and received
“Accreditation with Commendation” status, the highest rating achievable by a provider of CME.