The Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides our fellows with the best possible foundation for a career in transplantation surgery. The American Society of Transplant Surgeons has accredited Mayo Clinic for training in liver and kidney transplantation.
Each year, Mayo Clinic performs:
- 75 to 110 liver transplants
- 175 to 200 kidney transplants
- 15 to 20 pancreas transplants
Our fellowship is overseen by Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education under the supervision of the Graduate Medical Education Committee. Therefore, fellows at Mayo are considered trainees and comply with all regulations regarding trainees, including the 80-hour workweek as stipulated by Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship consists of two different tracks. One fellow is selected yearly for each track. The first track, designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career in academic transplant surgery, includes one year of laboratory-based research prior to the two clinical years. The second track consists only of two clinical years.
The research experience includes opportunities for research in endothelial cell biology, immunology, artificial liver support devices and other basic research projects in all facets of transplantation. Our fellows have been productive in the laboratory year and have presented at both national and international meetings. In addition, most fellows have completed a clinically oriented manuscript during this year. We feel strongly that a year of research is an important beginning to a career in transplantation surgery.
The goal of the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship is to train competent transplant surgeons who readily find employment after graduation. To this end, each fellow is assigned a mentor during the program. In addition, each fellow is provided with ample opportunity to complete clinical research projects and present at national meetings.
Each fellow will be evaluated by the supervising surgeon(s) following each rotation throughout the course of the fellowship. Conversely, each fellow will have the opportunity to evaluate his or her supervising surgeon(s) as well. Evaluations and feedback is discussed with the fellow on a regular basis throughout the course of the fellowship.
The Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship is approved by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) under delegated authority of the ACGME.
When you successfully complete the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship, you will be eligible to be certified by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
The ASTS-accredited Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship began at Mayo Clinic in 1979. Since it began, more than 50 fellows have completed training in this program. Going forward, it is anticipated that two fellows will complete this program every year.