Stem Cell Transplant Course

April 29, 2022 to May 6, 2022

This two-day course addresses the individual and joint needs of nursing, pharmacy, and other professions in relation to Stem Cell Transplantation.  It includes information on current transplantation issues such as patient work-up, disease process, patient care, and management.  Selected topics include differentiating types of transplants, mobilization and preparative regimens, growth factors, the role of total body irradiation, transfusion issues, graft versus host disease, CAR T-Cell therapies, and other transplant related topics.

Target Audience

The course is designed for registered nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in caring for patients undergoing stem cell transplant.  Six months to one year of oncology experience and the completion of the Foundations to Practice Series (Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and the Immune System; Overview of Solid Tumors; Symptom Management of Patients with Cancer; Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Care Issues; and Hematological Malignancies) and Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course or other introductory cancer courses are strongly recommended. 

Learning Objectives


The learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role of stem cell transplant in cancer and other diseases.
  2. Compare and contrast the role of autologous, allogeneic, haploidentical, and cord blood transplant in treating hematological malignancies.
  3. Understand preparative regimen chemotherapy and what preparative regimen is indicated based on disease and other comorbidities.
  4. Understand the transfusion needs surrounding patients who need or receive a stem cell transplant. 
  5. Describe appropriate interventions for the management of transplant associated complications including acute and chronic graft verse host disease, infection, and organ toxicities.
  6. Describe the process of pre transplant evaluation, mobilization, cell collection, cell infusion, and troubleshooting infusion related complications for transplant patients and donors. 
  7. Understand HLA typing and donor selection for allogeneic and haploidentical transplants. 
  8. Understand the purpose and importance of immunosuppression in the stem cell transplant population. 
  9. Identify the role of rehabilitation resources in patients undergoing stem cell transplant.
  10. Understand the short term and long term follow up requirements and role of survivorship care planning, including patient education across the transplant continuum of care. 
  11. Recall the clinical background of chimeric antigen receptor modified T-cells and the diseases indicated for this type of treatment.
  12. Discuss the outpatient management of a Stem Cell Transplant patient.
  13. Recall the nursing care considerations of a patient receiving CAR T-Cell therapy.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 13.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 13.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 13.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/29/2022 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
05/06/2022 - 4:30pm EDT

Faculty Listing

Melissa Bastacky, PharmD, BCOP
Oncology Clinical Pharmacist
UPMC Shadyside

Ashur-Dee Brown, MSN, RN, BMTCN
Program Manager
Cellular Therapy
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Andrew Freeman, MD PGY-4
Transfusion Medicine Fellow
Vitalant / UPMC

Sawa Ito, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant and Cell Therapy
Department of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Erin Kerr, PT, DPT, GCS
Oncology Supervisor
Rehab Services

UPMC Shadyside

Janet Leahy, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN
Nurse Practitioner, Supervisor
UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute

Advanced Clinical Education Specialist
UPMC Shadyside Hospital

Elisa Malek, BSN, RN, OCN
Associate Director, Clinical Services
Stem Cell Transplant and Immunology
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

 Gerald Mascara, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Oncology Pharmacist
UPMC Shadyside

Connor Moltzan, LSW, MSSW
Oncology Social Worker/Senior Social Worker
UPMC Shadyside

Jennifer Minnier, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Stem Cell Transplant Service
University of Pittsburgh Physicians

Brittni Prosdocimo, MSN, RN, BMTCN
Advanced Clinical Education Specialist
Manager, Professional and Patient Education
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Victoria Reiser, AG-ACDNP, BMTCN, OCN
Staff Nurse Practitioner
Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Service, Emergency Department

UPMC Shadyside

Allison Scott, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Malignant Hematology
UPMC Shadyside

Alison Sehgal, MD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Cheryl Tompkins MSN, CRNP, BMTCN
Nurse Practitioner, Senior
Stem Cell Transplant Service
University of Pittsburgh Physicians

Jackie Wojton, BSN, RN, OCN
UPMC Shadyside 6 West




In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 13 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 13 contact hours.

To receive 13 Contact Hours, the learner must sign in, attend the entire activity, and complete the activity evaluation.

Available Credit

  • 13.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 13.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 13.00 Attendance
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