Renal Transplant Fellowship (Arizona)
The Renal Transplant Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona provides outstanding clinical and research experience in kidney transplantation, as well as the opportunity to develop expertise in pancreas transplantation.
Mayo Clinic in Arizona provides a rigorous academic environment in an institution undergoing rapid growth in many disciplines. This fellowship offers comprehensive training in all areas of transplant nephrology.
Educational goals for the Renal Transplant Fellowship include:
- To proficiently manage kidney and pancreas transplant patients throughout the continuum of care, from the initial evaluation process through long-term follow-up care
- To prepare for a successful career in nephrology with an emphasis on kidney or pancreas transplantation or both
- To apply innovative, multidisciplinary protocols for living-donor and deceased-donor kidney transplantation
- To achieve eligibility for United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) certification in kidney and pancreas transplantation
- To obtain expanded academic and research experience in organ transplantation
High volume of transplants
The transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Arizona performed 256 kidney and 35 pancreas transplants in 2011. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, Mayo Clinic in Arizona was ranked first nationally for the total number of kidney-pancreas transplants performed and 11th for kidney transplants performed in 2011.
Multidisciplinary clinical practice
- Inpatient. At Mayo Clinic in Arizona, transplant nephrologists have strong working relationships with transplant surgeons. Inpatient rounds include medical and surgical consultants, residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, transplant pharmacists and nurses. Fellows lead rounds and participate in all aspects of inpatient care under close supervision.
- Outpatient. Transplant nephrologists collaborate with surgical colleagues in evaluation of potential donors and recipients and in transplant selection. They also evaluate patients on the deceased-donor wait list annually, and provide routine and acute care to post-kidney and post-pancreas transplant patients.
This fellowship includes a dedicated rotation with renal pathologists. Mayo Clinic in Arizona performs protocol biopsies at zero, one, four and 12 months on all kidney transplants. Approximately 700 are reviewed a year.
The HLA laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Arizona is certified by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. Fellows have a dedicated laboratory rotation devoted to tests related to transplantation, including HLA typing, crossmatching and flow cytometry.
During the fellowship, fellows spend dedicated research time with transplant nephrologists who have funded research projects.
Multidisciplinary simulation center
Fellows participate in training scenarios that simulate ultrasound-guided renal biopsies and other procedures.
The Renal Transplant Fellowship is jointly accredited by the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Nephrology through the Adult Renal Transplant Fellowship Training Accreditation Program Committee.
The American Board of Internal Medicine also supports the fellowship as a non-standard (N+1) program for foreign medical graduates on J1 exchange visas.
Successful completion of the fellowship should allow you to meet criteria set forth by UNOS for designation as a renal transplant physician and a pancreas transplant physician.