SURG 7505

Acting Intern Solid Organ Transplant Surgery


Yvonne Christensen
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Course Personnel: Ann Marie Papas,

Catalog Description: This course provides exposure to deceased and live donor kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation. The student will participate in the pre-operative evaluation and management and post operative care (including immune monitoring), while stressing the intra-operative management (donor and recipient) of transplant patients and back-table work. The student will participate on clinical rounds; attend teaching conferences, seminars and complete an abstract in an area of interest. The student will scrub in an organ donor operations as well as kidney, liver and pancreas transplant.


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Site Code

Site Name



Clinics and Surgery Center Solid Organ Transplant Clinic

UMMC - East Bank

Students will go to both sites

Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: Dependent on # of organ procurements and transplant case volumes for the given week.  Mix of clinic & OR opportunities, M-F, 7:30am-5:00pm, no formal (pager based in-house patient care) night call in the traditional sense; Students are expected to organize potential night or weekend activities (morning work rounds and operations) around transplant/procurement surgeries, no more than 1-2 times per week on average.  One weekend day is totally OFF.

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Arranged. Please submit a request to schedule using the form linked below.

SURG Arranged Electives Form

Course Objectives: By the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

  • Understand the specific indications and contraindications for liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation.
  • Understand common diseases resulting in end-stage kidney and liver disease, as well as chronic pancreatitis and diabetic patients undergoing pancreas transplantation.
  • Understand the role for HLA matching, ABO compatibility and cross-matching to determine compatibility with deceased and living donors, as well as the fundamentals of the algorithms involved in organ allocation.
  • Understand the mechanisms of allograft rejection and immunosuppressive drugs.
  • Perform basic suturing and knot tying.

Graded Components:

  • Clinical assessment by faculty

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No 

Course equivalency: N/A

Related curricular experience:

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