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Transplant Fellow Curriculum

Organ procurement from deceased and living donors

  • Donation after brain death
  • Donation after cardiac death
  • Living kidney and liver donation
  • Laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy

Evaluation of the transplant donor

  • Understanding primary considerations of donor and organ quality

Evaluation of the pre-kidney, liver, and pancreas transplant candidate

Care of the pre-transplant liver candidate

  • Inpatient management of acute liver failure and decompensated chronic liver disease
  • Pre-transplant management of HCC

Transplant Operations

  • Back-table organ preparation of the kidney, liver, and pancreas
  • Ex vivo reconstruction of complex anatomy
  • Liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation
  •  Adult and pediatric patients

Inpatient care of peri- and post- transplant recipients

  • Assessment and management of allograft dysfunction
  • Management of post-transplant medical and surgical complications


  • Understanding basic mechanisms of immunosuppression
  • Ability to appropriately prescribe (individualized) regimens for induction, maintenance, and  rejection immunosuppression

Basic understanding of expected outcomes after kidney, pancreas, and liver transplantation

  • Awareness of how donor, recipient, transplant, and post-transplant factors affect outcomes

Histocompatibility and crossmatching

Outpatient follow-up of transplant recipients

Familiarity with ethical dilemmas of transplantation

Transplant Pathology

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