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Curriculum

Rotation schedule

Year 1

During the first year of the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship, you learn to manage patients with end-stage organ failure.

Rotation Length
Kidney and pancreas transplant service
  1. Kidney transplantation
  2. Laparoscopic living-donor nephrectomy
3 months
Donor service 3 months
Liver transplant service 3 months
Outpatient clinic 3 months
Year 2
Rotation Length
Liver transplant service 4 months
Kidney and pancreas transplant service 3 months
Donor service 3 months
Outpatient clinic 2 months

Clinical training

During your clinical training, you become experienced with:

  • Organ procurement from deceased and living donors
    • Donation after brain death
    • Donation after cardiac death
    • Living kidney and liver donation
    • Laparoscopic living-donor nephrectomy
  • Evaluation of transplant donors to understand primary considerations of donor and organ quality
  • Evaluation of pre-kidney, pre-liver and pre-pancreas transplant candidates
  • Care of pre-transplant liver candidates
    • Inpatient management of acute liver failure and decompensated chronic liver disease
    • Pre-transplant management of HCC
  • Transplant operations (adult and pediatric patients)
    • Back-table organ preparation of the kidney, liver and pancreas
    • Ex vivo reconstruction of complex anatomy
    • Liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation
  • Inpatient care of peri-transplant and post-transplant recipients
    • Assessment and management of allograft dysfunction
    • Management of post-transplant medical and surgical complications
  • Immunosuppression
    • Understanding basic mechanisms of immunosuppression
    • Ability to appropriately prescribe (individualized) regimens for induction, maintenance and rejection immunosuppression
  • Basic understanding of expected outcomes after kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation
    • Awareness of how donor, recipient, transplant and post-transplant factors affect outcomes
  • Histocompatibility and crossmatching
  • Outpatient follow-up of transplant recipients
  • Familiarity with ethical dilemmas of transplantation
  • Transplant pathology

Didactic training

There is a strong didactic program with many weekly meetings, including:

  • Transplant Mortality and Morbidity Conference
  • Meetings of the kidney and liver selection committees
  • Transplant laboratory group meeting
  • Liver Transplant Pathology Conference
  • Transplant Seminar Series
  • Feb 16, 2016
  • ART455616