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Surgery, Transplantation (Minnesota)


Fourth-year students may apply for this rotation, which is intended to give exposure to those students who may be interested in a career in transplantation surgery. The rotation is based at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Methodist Campus, with students dividing their time equally between the liver transplant service and kidney pancreas transplant service.

Students accompany the team daily on rounds and are involved with preoperative evaluations, surgery and postoperative care of the patients. They have the opportunity to evaluate patients preoperatively and to participate as junior assistants in the operating room on transplant procedures. Students are also encouraged to participate on an organ procurement, which includes transportation to and from the donor hospital as well as participating in the operating room on the donor procedure.

Specific goals

  1. Gain knowledge about the evaluation and course of therapy for patients undergoing abdominal solid organ transplantation
  2. Understand the perioperative care of patients undergoing liver, kidney, or pancreas transplantation
  3. Learn the basics of immunosuppressive therapy for solid organ transplantation
  4. Master the basics regarding infectious diseases in immunosuppressed patients
  5. Understand the basics of preoperative and postoperative management of patients with liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes related to their transplant procedure

Activity outline

Trainees attend surgery, clinical rounds, consultations with patients, and a variety of educational conferences.

Method of evaluation

Students are evaluated on the basis of their daily performance, participation in rounds, and preparation for surgical procedures that they observe or participate in.

If you are interested in meeting with the General Surgery Residency leadership, an informational session can be arranged. Please note this meeting is to discuss any questions you may have about the General Surgery Residency program. This meeting will not be considered an interview for the General Surgery Residency program, and completing a visiting medical student clerkship at Mayo Clinic does not guarantee you an interview spot.