The U-M Transplant Kidney Peer Mentor Program is based on the concept of looking to your peers to learn from their experiences. The mentors in the program are patients who have already successfully gone through transplant or those who donated a kidney. Many patients find it helpful and reassuring to talk confidentially with those that have first-hand knowledge about the transplant experience. Working with a Peer Mentor is optional and is offered to all transplant candidates, potential donors and their families during the formal evaluation process.
Benefits of Having a Peer Mentor:
Peer mentors go through specific training before they begin working closely with patients, donors and their families. They enhance patient care by:
- Providing patients with guidance and emotional support through telephone calls, visits, mail or email.
- Providing helpful transplant information to patients by sharing their own experiences from a peer perspective. This one-on-one communication with another transplant patient offers both an individualized and highly personal account of the transplant process.
- Helping patients work with the transplant team.
- Providing support and encouragement to comply with taking prescribed medications. Strict compliance with medications is critical to a positive outcome for transplantation.
- Encouraging patients to stay active before and after transplant.
- Answering questions and sharing their story at the Kidney Transplant Patient Education Class.
- Participating in Transplant Expos at dialysis centers across Michigan and speaking with patients considering transplant or those currently on the waitlist.
To speak with a peer mentor, please call 800-333-9013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make an appointment to evaluate your need within our Transplant Center, call a patient care representative at 1-800-333-9013. Find a University of Michigan kidney-pancreas transplant doctor.