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Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship (Minnesota)

Program description

The Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., provides our fellows with the best possible foundation for a career in transplantation surgery. The American Society of Transplant Surgeons has accredited Mayo Clinic for training in liver and kidney transplantation.

Each year, Mayo Clinic performs 75-110 liver transplants, more than 200 kidney transplants, and approximately 20 pancreas transplants. Our fellowship program is overseen by the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine under the supervision of the Graduate Education Committee. Therefore, fellows at Mayo are considered trainees and comply with all regulations regarding trainees including the 80-hour work week as stipulated by the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The Mayo Clinic abdominal transplant surgical fellowship consists of two different tracks. One fellow is selected yearly for each track. The first, designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career in academic transplant surgery, includes a year of laboratory-based research prior to the two clinical years. The second position consists only of two clinical years.

The research experience includes opportunities for research in endothelial cell biology, immunology, artificial liver support devices, and other basic research projects in all facets of transplantation. This year can also include training in human pancreas islet transplantation. Our fellows have been productive in the laboratory year and have presented at both national and international meetings. In addition, most fellows have completed a clinically oriented manuscript during this year. We feel strongly that a year of research is an important beginning to a career in transplantation surgery.

Program objectives/expectations

The goal of the fellowship is to train competent transplant surgeons who readily find employment following graduation. To this end, each fellow is assigned a mentor during the program. In addition, each fellow is provided with ample opportunity to complete clinical research projects and to present at national meetings.

Evaluation process

Each fellow will be evaluated by the supervising surgeon(s) following each rotation throughout the course of the fellowship. Conversely, each fellow will have the opportunity to evaluate their supervising surgeon(s) as well. Evaluations and feedback is discussed with the fellow on a regular basis throughout the course of the fellowship.

Accreditation

Our training program is approved by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) under delegated authority of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Certification

When you successfully complete our Transplantation Surgery Fellowship, you will be eligible to be certified by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Program history

The ASTS-accredited Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program began at Mayo Clinic Rochester in 1979. Since this program began, more than 50 fellows have completed training in this program. Going forward, it is anticipated that two fellows will complete this program every year.

  • July 23, 2012
  • ART934060