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The OPTN/UNOS is seeking nominations to fill available regional representative and at-large positions on OPTN/UNOS committees. Committee members are all volunteers, representing a variety of professional disciplines and personal experience and expertise in organ transplantation. Our organization values diversity and strives for a committee system that represents the community we serve. Therefore, committee members may be donation or transplant professionals, transplant candidates or recipients, living donors, donor families, and/or members of the general public. The overall composition of the committee should reflect diversity in opinions as well as race, ethnicity, and gender. Our committee volunteers make crucial recommendations that shape our collective ability to achieve the mission of matching organs and saving lives.

To indicate interest in serving on a committee, complete our online bio form. Note that you can indicate interest in multiple committees and positions on the form. Prior to submitting the bio form, we recommend that you review the below information regarding committee terms and expectations for each role.

Deadlines for submitting bio forms
If interested in Committee service, submit the bio form by October 19, 2018.

The OPTN/UNOS Patient Affairs Committee has the following opening vacancies for the term beginning July 1, 2019:

Candidates, any organ
Heart and/or lung recipients
Living donor or recipient of living donor organ
Donor family
Transplant coordinator who also might be a candidate, recipient, donor family member, living donor, recipient family member
Organ procurement organization who also might be a candidate, recipient, donor family member, living donor, recipient family member

We are looking for candidates in the following parts of the country:

Region 2: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Northern Virginia
Region 3: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico
Region 4: Oklahoma, Texas
Region 5: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
Region 6: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Region 9: New York, Western Vermont

Responsibilities for committee members
In general, committee members are expected to:
Attend, prepare for, and actively participate in monthly (sometimes more frequent) web conferences and in-person committee meetings (usually held in Chicago twice a year). OPTN/UNOS covers the cost of travel, lodging, and reasonable expenses for committee meetings.
Participate in subcommittees and/or workgroups.

In addition, regional representatives on committees are expected to
Attend regional meetings twice a year and present updates on committee activities and public comment proposals.
Relay regional meeting feedback to the committee.

Selection Process
The OPTN/UNOS President-Elect appoints incoming committee members to fill open positions. Each committee with openings will review biography forms and make recommendations to the OPTN/UNOS President-Elect. Regional nominating committees will make recommendations on regional representatives. The regional nominating committee includes the regional councilor, the associate councillor, the immediate past councillor, and 2 representatives from each of the states in the region. Selections will be based on the needs of the committee and the organization for diversity in perspectives and subject specific expertise. All nominees will be notified by March 1, 2018.

The term for these positions will begin July 1, 2019. All committee members serve a three-year term.
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