During the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship, you acquire skills in patient diagnosis and management, procedural techniques, teaching, and research.
This is a typical rotation schedule:
|Liver transplant (outpatient)
|Liver transplant service (inpatient)
|Hepatobiliary Clinic (outpatient)
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the fellowship.
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.
As a hepatology fellow, you participate in clinical research projects with dozens of potential projects to choose from. Many of the staff hepatologists and hepatobiliary surgeons at Mayo Clinic conduct research. They welcome participation from fellows.
One year is spent on focused training and research, so moonlighting is generally not allowed.
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.