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Curriculum

Photo of transplant hepatologist Patrick S. Kamath, M.D., reviewing a teaching point with fellows

Transplant hepatologist Patrick S. Kamath, M.D., reviewing a teaching point with fellows

Clinical training

During the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship, you acquire skills in patient diagnosis and management, procedural techniques, teaching, and research.

Rotation schedule

This is a typical rotation schedule:

Rotation Length
Liver transplant (outpatient) 1-1.5 months
Liver transplant service (inpatient) 4-5 months
Hepatobiliary Clinic (outpatient) 2.5-3.5 months
Hepatology research 3-4 months

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the fellowship.

Research training

Innovation and clinical research have enabled Mayo Clinic to remain at the forefront of liver transplantation. For example, the allocation system for liver transplantation — Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score — was first proposed, designed and tested by physicians at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. See the MELD calculators on the Mayo Clinic website.

Over the last decade, hundreds of publications and talks have been presented by Mayo Clinic staff at national and international meetings. Mayo Clinic is renowned for its leadership role in the transplantation of patients with the entire gamut of liver disorders and diseases.

Each fellow has an opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of a mentor within a broad spectrum of projects in clinical investigations as well as basic science research.

Recent graduate publications include:

Moonlighting

One year is spent on focused training and research, so moonlighting requires program director approval.

Evaluation

To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance is monitored throughout the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship. You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member after completing each clinical rotation, and then you meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.

  • June 21, 2016
  • ART503666