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The program is American Society of Transplant (AST) approved. Typically, there is one transplant nephrology fellow, one clinical nephrology fellow, one transplant surgical fellow and a fourth year surgical resident, a third year surgical resident and an intern on the service. The program is integrated between the surgery and the nephrology fellowship programs in order to benefit from the expertise of all its members. The program thrives from a true multidisciplinary effort.
Staff coverage and supervision in the transplant unit is provided by both a staff transplant surgeon as well as a staff transplant nephrologist at all times.
Transplant rounds are held daily with the transplant surgeon and transplant nephrologists, residents, fellows, and other support staff in attendance. Decisions regarding immunosuppression are made with reference to jointly established policy guidelines and protocols. Infectious disease consultants are present on morning rounds and available at all times. A transplant pharmacist is present at morning rounds.
There is a weekly transplantation conference, which again brings together members of the different departments working in transplantation-related fields. During these sessions, invited guests both national and international, present different areas in the field of transplantation. The fellow also has the opportunity to present research and clinical reviews at these conferences.
Both the Division of Nephrology and Massachusetts General Hospital are equal opportunity employers. Before beginning the Transplant Fellowship Program in Nephrology, a candidate should have completed at least two (preferably three) years of training in internal medicine and be board-certified or board-eligible in nephrology.
The Transplant Fellow will attend a biweekly didactic conference which covers topics as outlined in the AST curriculum:
Medical Complications of Transplantation
Pretransplant Evaluation of the Recipient Pretransplant Evaluation of the Living Donor Graft Dysfunction
Expected Outcomes/Risk Factors
Special issues in pediatric renal transplantation
Pregnancy and contraception
Kidney transplantation in other solid organ transplant recipients (both after other organs, and the combined kidney/"other" organ)
Transplantation of ABO-incompatible and cross-match incompatible individuals
Paired kidney exchange programs
Business and Administrative Aspects of Transplantation
The fellow will attend:
The transplant nephrology fellow will develop expertise in the following areas of renal and pancreas transplantation through medical, surgical, and research experience and by satisfying the requirements of the American Transplant Society.
(Work-up of at least 30 potential recipients)
Thorough participation in the already established multidisciplinary transplant recipient evaluation clinics, the fellow will understand the risks and benefits of dialysis versus renal transplant and will be involved with the counseling, evaluation, education, and selection of potential recipients for kidney transplantation, as well as kidney-pancreas transplants.
(Evaluation of at least 20 potential donors, and observe the surgical procedures of a live donor nephrectomy)
The trainee will be educated in the pros and cons of using living donors; the short- and long-term risks and follow-up of the live kidney donor; the evaluation, education and counseling of the living-related and unrelated kidney donor; and the differences between the open procedure and laparoscopic procedure.
The transplant nephrology fellow will be involved in at least 3 multi-organ retrievals, and be involved with the:
The renal transplant fellow will be required to spend at least 2 weeks in the Histocompatability Lab, learning the principles, methodology, and interpretation of tissue typing and crossmatching for renal transplantation, including various lymphocytotoxic assays, ELISA, and flow crossmatch.
The fellow will perform at least 10 transplant biopsies and will review the biopsies with renal pathologists according to the Banff criteria. The fellow will attend the weekly renal pathology conference and present patients at monthly morbidity and mortality conference.
The fellow will be involved with family meetings, to discuss the risks and benefits of transplant with the patient, family, psychiatrist, nephrologists, surgeon, transplant coordinator, and social worker, and will learn about the ethics of organ donation.
The transplant nephrology fellow will be involved with creating and managing the renal transplant waiting list, and will attend the weekly interdisciplinary transplant conference to determine candidacy.
The fellow will obtain knowledge of other procurement and transplant systems, including UNOS, as well as the economics of transplantation. The fellow will be involved with organ awareness programs.
There are ample opportunities for the transplant fellow’s participation in clinical and/or basic science research. Clinical and animal studies in tolerance, ABO incompatibility and desensitization are ongoing.
Interested applicants should submit a copy of their CV and three (3) letters of recommendation to Wendy De Milleby emailbetween May 1 and September 15, 2014, for positions beginning July 1, 2015. The information will then be reviewed and invitations to interview will be sent out after August 1, 2014. Out-standing candidates will be invited for a one-day interview process in September through October 2014.
For additional information, please contact:
Wendy De Mille, Manager, Nephrology Academic Affairs and Dialysis Services
Division of Nephrology Massachusetts General Hospital 55 Fruit Street, GRB 1003K Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-726-3706 Fax: 617-726-2288Email
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