Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

 

The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute is one of the highest volume transplant programs in the United States. Over 5100 liver, kidney, small bowel, colon, and multivisceral transplants have been performed. The liver transplant program is one of the largest programs in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of the best in terms of patient and graft survival.  Our outcomes are among the best in the country. Currently, we have 5 liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeons and 6 transplant hepatologists. 

overview

The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are proud to offer a one-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) fellowship in transplant hepatology. Training will follow the guidelines set forth to meet the milestone and competency requirements set forth by ACGME, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). Successful completion of fellowship will afford the fellow the opportunity to sit for the ABIM Certificate for Added Qualification (CAQ) in transplant hepatology and to serve as a United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)-certified primary liver transplant physician. All applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship in gastroenterology and be Board Certified or Board Eligible in gastroenterology.  Transplant hepatology training will be obtained within the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Transplant hepatology fellows will be exposed to a wide array of inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations, didactic experiences, and research pertaining to transplant hepatology and liver transplantation. Additionally, fellows will reap the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to care through collaboration with, but not limited to diagnostic and interventional radiologists, hepatic pathologists, hepatobiliary and transplant surgeons, nutritionists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and transplant coordinators. 

curriculum

Transplant hepatology fellows will spend approximately 6 months on the inpatient hepatology consult service. The fellow will be exposed to pre- liver transplant patients with a broad array of acute and chronic liver diseases that arise as a consequence of viral, metabolic, and autoimmune disorders. Moreover, fellows will gain expertise in the management of patients with benign and malignant hepatobiliary tumors. Additionally, fellows will be exposed to patients with a variety of disorders that arise early and late after liver transplantation. During the inpatient experience, transplant hepatology fellows will learn the multidisciplinary approach to management of patients before and after liver transplantation. Fellows will perform a variety of procedures including but not limited to upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and liver biopsy.

 

In addition to the inpatient experience above, fellows will gain expertise in managing patients with acute and chronic liver diseases in a variety of clinics including but not limited to general hepatology clinic, post transplant clinic, and pre-liver transplant evaluation clinic. Approximately 6 months will be devoted to outpatient rotations.  Furthermore, fellows will have a weekly continuity clinic.  Transplant hepatology fellows will be expected to present patients seen in transplant evaluation clinic at the weekly transplant selection committee meeting. Fellows will also perform endoscopic procedures and liver biopsies during their outpatient rotations.

 

One of the benefits of transplant hepatology fellowship at Georgetown is the variety of conferences that are offered.  Fellows are expected to attend weekly core curriculum, transplant selection committee, hepatobiliary radiology, pathology, transplant surgery, morbidity and mortality, and journal club conferences. Moreover, fellows can attend gastroenterology conferences applicable to the fields of hepatology, transplant hepatology, and liver transplantation. Additionally, fellows will be active participants in these conferences.

 

Transplant hepatology fellows are expected to work with a mentor on a clinical research project during the 1-year fellowship. The MedStar Transplant Institute has a variety of projects pertaining to liver transplantation and transplant hepatology. We anticipate that fellows will produce work suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals. 

application requirements

All transplant hepatology fellowship applicants must have completed gastroenterology training at an ACGME-accredited program and be Board Certified/Board Eligible in gastroenterology. We have one transplant hepatology fellowship position available each year. 

For the application process, please submit your curriculum vitae, personal statement, and letters of recommendation from your gastroenterology fellowship program director and two additional references. The letters of reference must be submitted directly by email.

Please send your application to the program coordinator, Erica Tanner, erica.p.tanner@gunet.georgetown.edu.