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Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship (Arizona)


Nurse practitioner and physician assistant examining a patient at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix


The Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship is a comprehensive one-year program designed to provide specialty training in medical and surgical aspects of liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation. This training is intended to prepare you for a career in the growing field of organ transplantation.

Core competencies have been established such that upon completion of the fellowship graduates have proficiency and knowledge in these areas:

  • Recognition and management of acute and chronic disease states for which patients are considered for liver, kidney or pancreas transplantation
  • Care of patients who are critically ill, both pre- and post-organ transplantation
  • Evaluation and selection of candidates for abdominal organ transplantation
  • Surgical aspects of abdominal organ transplantation, including intraoperative and perioperative care of transplant recipients
  • Immunosuppression of organ transplant recipients
  • Prevention, recognition and management of the complications and side effects of immunosuppression
  • Donor selection and matching criteria
  • Organ allocation policy
  • Evaluation, selection and care of living liver and kidney donors
  • Evidence-based, cost-effective care for transplant patients
  • Current medical literature, including current controversies, in the field of abdominal organ transplantation

You participate in these rotations and events:

  • Kidney-pancreas clinic (outpatient pre- and post-kidney or pancreas transplant)
  • Liver clinic (outpatient pre- and post-liver transplant)
  • Kidney-pancreas inpatient service
  • Liver inpatient service
  • Transplant surgery clinic (outpatient pre- and post-abdominal organ transplant)
  • Transplant surgery inpatient team (includes operative exposure)
  • Attendance at liver transplant selection conference and kidney-pancreas transplant selection conference
  • Attendance at regularly scheduled academic conferences and lectures

Your supervision is conducted in accordance with Mayo Clinic policies and all relevant legal requirements.

Grading or evaluation

Successful participation at all rotations and mastery of all defined competencies is required for graduation. Progress is determined by faculty review of performance during the rotations and is reviewed periodically with you. Other evaluation tools (including written examinations and other exercises) may be utilized for assessment of certain skills.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are routinely assessed and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.