During the first year of training, the fellow will participate in all weekly academic transplant and selected general surgery educational conferences, will rotate through the HLA/Immunogenetics Laboratory until he/she becomes familiar with transplant histocompatibility and immunogenetics, will rotate through the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) to become familiar with new bench technology and applications of stem cell transplantation, will be responsible in part for medical student and surgical house staff education, will assist the Transplant Pharmacists in maintaining Quality/Performance Improvement directives, will assist the data coordinators in tracking/verifying/updating the Transplant database and initiating new studies, will assist in transplant nurse coordinator and nurse practitioner education, will view and participate in interpretation of allograft biopsies at least weekly, will assist in ensuring that clinical protocols and critical pathways are being implemented and followed, and will assist the transplant surgeons in the implementation/organization/maintenance of new technology under development at the medical center. The fellow will have direct contact with attending staff on a daily basis to further enhance their educational experience. The fellow will also be responsible for participating in a Journal Club and will have supervised reading assignments from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons curriculum.
Procedural requirements: Within a 12 month training period, the transplant surgery fellow would be expected to participate in a minimum of 80 kidney transplants, 10 pancreas transplants, 20 multiple organ procurements, and 50 dialysis access procedures.
The fellow will be expected to participate in the ASTS web-based curriculum and training modules on a weekly basis and maintain a case log and credentialing information on the ASTS website (www.asts.org). Conferences related to transplantation are offered through General Surgery, the Abdominal Organ Transplantation Program, Nephrology, Pathology, and the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine. The fellow is expected to attend all transplant educational conferences, the weekly Patient Selection Committee and Inpatient/Outpatient Work Meetings, Living Donor and Research meetings, the Pediatric Transplant conference, and other conferences and meetings as deemed necessary.