Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship (Arizona)
Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) offers a one-year post-graduate clinical Fellowship for Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners in abdominal organ transplantation at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. The Fellowship is intended to prepare the trainee for a career in one of several disciplines within the growing field of transplantation. One applicant will be accepted to the program each year, with the academic year beginning in October.
The comprehensive educational curriculum is designed to provide fellows with specialty training in the medical and surgical aspects of liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation. Mastery of the principles of immunosuppression — a core element of all transplant disciplines — will be a major goal and expectation of the program. Fellows will work directly with the renowned faculty of distinguished physicians and surgeons, as well as with other highly recognized, specialized and dedicated midlevel providers. In addition to the clinical curriculum, trainees will participate in regularly-scheduled academic conferences, attend educational lectures, and have the opportunity to perform scholarly research with the potential for publication in academic journals.
Upon graduation, the Fellow will receive a certificate from the Mayo School of Health Sciences documenting successful completion of the program, which indicates demonstration of all expected competencies.
The purpose of the post-graduate NP/PA Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship is to provide highly specialized training for individuals seeking a career in the growing field of transplantation. Recognizing that midlevel NP and PA providers play a key role in the health care delivery system, and witnessing the dramatic growth in the demand for organ transplantation due to a host of acute and chronic diseases, we seek to grow the supply of care-providers who possess the highly specialized education and training necessary for the competent delivery of transplantation-related services. Fellows completing the program are expected to be highly competitive candidates for employment at institutions performing organ transplantation, in one of several potential disciplines.
The NP/PA Abdominal Transplant Fellowship aims to help its participating fellows:
- Develop a broad knowledge base of the acute and chronic disease-states for which patients are considered for liver and/or kidney and/or pancreas transplantation.
- Utilize evidence-based medicine practices to develop differential diagnoses and treatment plans.
- Gain proficiency in the evaluation of potential candidates for abdominal organ transplantation.
- Develop detailed understanding of the criteria by which candidacy for abdominal organ transplantation is determined.
- Master the principles of immunosuppression applied to the full spectrum of disease-states and clinical situations which require individualized therapy.
- Understand the key components of donor selection and organ allocation policy.
- Become skilled in the evaluation and selection of living liver- and kidney-donors.
- Develop knowledge of the surgical aspects of abdominal organ transplantation, including transplant surgery observation and participation, as well as participation in transplant surgery clinic.
- Become proficient in the care of critically ill transplant recipients, including during the perioperative period.
- Develop the skills needed for effective counseling of patients with complex medical problems, and their families.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the current medical literature in abdominal organ transplantation, including the current controversies in transplantation and the public-health and economic ramifications of organ replacement.
- Understand the ethical considerations in the conduct of organ transplantation.
Mayo Foundation is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.
Mayo Clinic in Arizona opened in 1987 as a premiere academic medical center in the southwestern United States, where medical research and education are fully integrated with delivering the highest-quality patient care.
There are two major campuses for this institution, located in Phoenix and adjacent Scottsdale, respectively. The Phoenix campus, which will serve as the primary venue for the Fellowship, includes the seven-story Mayo Clinic Hospital and an adjacent multi-specialty clinic building (MCSB). Mayo Clinic Hospital, a state-of-the-art, 21st-century tertiary and quaternary referral center, is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized as "the Best Hospital in Phoenix" several times by Phoenix magazine, and as one of America's "Best Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report.
Campus activity in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful five-story outpatient clinic, located next to the Samuel C. Johnson Research Center, a 75,000-square-foot research building housing scientists, trainees, and students focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry, and surgical research.
For the majority of the Fellowship, the learning schedule will include 10-hour days, five days per week, with no expected night, weekend, or holiday duties. For portions of the Fellowship, night and weekend participation will be expected, in order to permit adequate exposure to the urgent and emergent clinical scenarios in the care of transplant patients.
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences will admit one student to its NP/PA Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. This ensures individualized instruction and adequate exposure to the clinical curriculum.