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Transplant Surgery Curriculum

The Transplant Surgery rotation will provide surgical residents with exposure to kidney transplant recipients, kidney donors, dialysis access patients, and patients with general surgery problems. The service resident will be actively involved in patient management under the close supervision of a transplant attending.

It is expected that the resident will obtain an understanding of immunosuppression in the early post-transplant period as well as in transplant patients undergoing general surgery procedures. Operative experience will cover a wide range of procedures with an emphasis on technical aspects of kidney transplantation and dialysis access surgery.

Residents will actively participate in open vascular access operations, basic interventional procedures, and placement of central venous catheters. Although developing the fundamentals of surgical technique such as suturing, knot tying, and tissue handling will be of primary importance, residents will also be provided the opportunity to become proficient in performing a routine vascular anastomosis. Management of service patients and consults, operative experience, office hours, teaching rounds, and weekly transplant conferences will all be part of the resident’s experience.