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  1. Hand out Experience
  2. You are a member of a surgical team at the World’s Greatest Hospital. All the patients on your sheets MUST receive a heart transplant or else they will die. There are only TWO hearts available and YOU must decide, from your list, which two patients will be heart-donor recipients. Take some time to make your individual decisions. After you have made your individual decisions you will come together as the surgical team to make a group decision.
  3. Questions?
  4. Evaluate candidates
  5. Please write comments clearly and legibly
  6. Closure. Wish the candidates well and remind them that if they choose to tell candidates who were not at the first group experience about the process, it may place the second group of candidates at an advantage. Bye!! Good Luck with the rest of the process!
  7. Take time to review your Evaluation sheets for clarity and add comments to the other evaluator’s sheet if you wish.

THANKS!!

 The Heart-Transplant Experience

You are a member of a surgical team at the World’s Greatest Hospital. All the patients listed below MUST receive a heart transplant TODAY or else they will die. There are only TWO hearts available and YOU must decide, from this list, which two patients will be heart-donor recipients.

1. A seventy-year-old female U.S. Senator credited with creating and protecting the nation’s first National Health Plan.

2. A Hispanic ex-offender who is a very successful drug dealer. His “business” allows him to hire community youth, support his entire extended family of fifteen, and be perceived by the community as a leader.

3 . An African-American Vietnam veteran and amputee who created a national training program for people with disabilities. He is under investigation for possible embezzlement of program funds to support a known gambling addiction.

4. A White fifteen-year-old female who tested intellectually “gifted.” She is on drugs and supports her habit through prostitution.

5. A scientist/researcher who is known to be closely associated with a white-supremacist group and is very close to discovering a cure for AIDS.

6. An ex-Roman-Catholic priest who works with small children in a day-care center. He is a homosexual and a strong gay-rights advocate. His lover recently tested HIV positive.

Based on an activity modified by Kenneth Hawkins & Associates, Vacaville, CA.

The Heart-Transplant Experience Processing Questions

1. What was your initial reaction to being asked to make choices?

2. How comfortable were you in sharing ),our choices and reasons with ),our group members?

3. What factors might have prevented you from speaking freely and sharing your thoughts and opinions with others?

4. What were your choices based on?

* actual personal experiences
* the experiences of those close to you
* media information
* other source(s)

5. How close where the group’s choices to your own? What were your reactions to that?

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