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Program Structure

The curriculum includes three rotations during each fellowship year: Kidney/pancreas service (4 months); liver service (6 months); and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy /urology surgery service (2 months).

You will be on-call for procurement of liver, kidney and pancreas throughout the two-year fellowship, keeping in line with ACGME duty hour requirements. You may select an elective one-month rotation in each year of fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Florida or Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for training in kidney/pancreas procurement and transplantation and/or liver procurement and transplantation.

Clinical Training

The Liver Transplant Service

On the liver transplantation service, you gain proficiency in liver transplantation (living donor and deceased donor) and the preoperative and postoperative management of liver recipients and living liver donors. You rotate on the liver transplant service for six months during the first year of the fellowship and either four or six months during the second year, based on elective rotations. The curriculum is designed to provide training in medical and surgical management of liver transplant patients.

The Kidney Pancreas Transplant Service

On the kidney-pancreas transplantation service, you become proficient in kidney transplantation surgery (living and deceased donor), pancreas transplantation (deceased donor), and management of transplant recipients postoperatively. You rotate on this service for four months during the first year of the fellowship and four months during the second year of the fellowship.

Donor Nephrectomy Service

On the donor nephrectomy service, you become experienced in laparoscopic living kidney donor nephrectomy by performing the laparoscopic nephrectomy and seeing patients in the clinic one week postoperatively. You also perform backbench preparation of living donor kidneys, including complex arterial, venous and ureteral anatomy.

Didactic Training

We have a strong didactic program with many weekly/bi-weekly meetings, including:

  • Liver Hepatocellular Carcinoma Conference
  • Transplant Grand Rounds
  • Kidney Academic Conference
  • Kidney Selection Conference
  • Liver Pathology Conference
  • Liver Selection Conference
  • Kidney Pathology Conference
  • Kidney/Liver M&M Conference

Research Training

Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. You are encouraged to participate in research projects with the consulting staff, which include opportunities for clinical studies and laboratory-based projects.

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