The two-year Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship includes three rotations during each fellowship year:
|Kidney-pancreas transplant service||4 months|
|Liver transplant service||6 months|
|Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy service||2 months|
You may select a one-month elective rotation in each year of your fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, or Rochester, Minnesota, for training in kidney and pancreas procurement and transplantation, liver procurement and transplantation, or both.
Kidney-pancreas transplant service
On the kidney-pancreas transplant 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 each year of your fellowship.
Liver transplant service
On the liver transplant 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.
Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy service
On the donor nephrectomy service, you become experienced in laparoscopic living-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.
We have a strong didactic program with many weekly and biweekly meetings, including:
- Liver Hepatocellular Carcinoma Conference
- Transplant Grand Rounds
- Kidney Academic Conference
- Kidney Selection Conference
- Liver Pathology Conference
- Liver Selection Conference
- Kidney Transplant Pathology Conference
- Kidney/Liver Morbidity and Mortality Conference
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.
You are on call for the procurement of liver, kidney, and pancreas throughout the two-year fellowship, keeping in line with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education duty-hour requirements.
You are evaluated by the supervising surgeon(s) after each rotation throughout the course of the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship. Each fellow also has the opportunity to evaluate his or her supervising surgeon(s). Evaluations and feedback are discussed with you on a regular basis throughout the fellowship and during the semiannual performance review.