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The faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology is committed to the training of physicians in the specialty
field of Transplant Hepatology. This commitment encompasses education of medical students, residents, fellows,
and fully trained physicians in practice. Our curriculum covers transplant hepatology fellowship,
that period of training which follows fellowship in gastroenterology.
The transplant hepatology fellowship curriculum covers the following five basic skills that are to be mastered by trainees:
- Knowledge base of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and pharmacology
that is relevant to the specialty;
- Clinical care of hospitalized patients with disease;
- Technical aspects of transplant hepatology practice; including liver biopsies;
- Ambulatory care skills (including disease prevention and screening); and
- Ancillary skills geared to each trainee’s career plans.
All trainees will be encouraged to participate in clinical research training to understand the process of generating new
knowledge in Medicine. Trainees will work with one or more mentor(s) through their 1 year program to achieve a good grasp of
addressing clinically relevant questions with scientific rigor, and have first-hand experience in analyzing and presenting
scientific data. Specialized areas of training embedded within the fellowship include:
- Liver Pathology – where trainees will learn the techniques of preparing tissue sections, special histochemical
and immunocytochemical staining methods, as well as interpretation of morphological structures in various disease states.
- Specialized Clinics - where patients presenting with a defined disorders are cared for by a focused and concentrated effort and expertise. These training scenarios afford unique opportunities to benefit the trainees in the following areas: Hepatology, Liver Transplantation, and Liver Tumor Clinic.
Physicians who enter fellowship already have substantial knowledge in most of these areas that serves as a base for further
learning. Our curriculum is largely based upon the
ACGME Program Requirements for Fellowship Education in Transplant Hepatology.