2016, Poster Presentation

College Students Can be the Key to America’s Organ Shortage

AMANDA FINNELL + HANNAH SMITH + KATHARINE MANGIALARDI

Amanda, Hannah, and Katharine analyze the increasing shortage of organ donations—responsible for up to 21 lost American lives per day and nearly 8,000 lives over the course of a year—to see if offering additional opportunities for college students to enroll as organ donors could function as a potential solution to this problem.

Their inquiry found primary ethical dilemmas surrounding organ transplantation arise from the shortage of available organs. Individuals are only actively solicited to become organ donors when they interact with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

They also concluded that there needs to be additional opportunities for organ donor enrollment to gain the organ donors needed to alleviate this organ shortage, adding that Georgetown University is currently working to institute a pilot program to pose this question to students. The results and effectiveness will be reported to national organ donation advocates with the intention to advance this potential solution nationally.

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