Overview of the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
Loyola University Medical Center offers an ACGME accredited Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program. Loyola is an active liver transplant center, performing approximately 60 liver transplants per year. It is an active referral center for patients with liver disease and is approved for living donor transplantation. The program is a 12- month fellowship offered for fellows who have completed an ACGME approved 3-year Gastroenterology Fellowship program. Loyola also has the capability of participating in the 3-year Transplant Hepatology Pilot program for those individuals applying for Gastroenterology who ultimately would like to complete Transplant Hepatology training.
Education in the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program
1-Year Clinical Training
The Transplant Hepatology Fellowship is a 12- month training program with an emphasis on treating patients with chronic liver disease who require transplantation. The clinical teaching will include both the pre and post-transplant care of liver transplant patients, including training in immunosuppression and post-transplant complications. It will also focus on appropriate criteria for listing for transplantation and the evaluation process.
This advanced training program consists of six full-time transplant hepatologists, four liver transplant surgeons, and a multidisciplinary team composed of pharmacists, nurses, financial coordinators, social workers, and a psychologist. Residents and GI fellows will also integrate into the team during their hepatology rotations. This multidisciplinary approach allows for excellent clinical outcomes.
The role of the Transplant Hepatology Fellow is to coordinate care of patients both pre-and post-liver transplant between hepatology and transplant surgery. The fellow will participate in multidisciplinary rounds on these patients, focusing on immunosuppression and complication management. They will perform liver biopsies, endoscopies, attend liver procurements and transplants, participate at transplant committee meetings, HCC tumor board, and both pre and post-transplant clinics.
In addition to the clinical training, all fellows are expected to participate in research endeavors. Protected research time is permitted during the fellowship program. Fellows are encouraged to present and attend at least one conference during their 12-month fellowship. There is a wide range of active liver transplant projects ongoing, of which fellow participation is encouraged.
Educational Programs, Conferences, Seminars
Trainees are encouraged to attend and present at a national meeting each year (AASLD). The transplant hepatology fellow is expected to assist in resident and fellow education with trainees rotating through the hepatology services and clinics. In addition, the fellow is to actively participate in weekly multidisciplinary transplant committee meetings and conferences.
How to Apply
How to Apply to the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
To apply for the advanced Transplant Hepatology Fellowship, the following documents will be required:
Initial Documents Needed
- GME Application (required upon acceptance of offer of fellowship only)
- Official medical school transcripts
- An official record of board scores (NBME, FLEX, USMLE I, II, III, LMCCC, VQE, or FMGE)
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your profession including one from your most recent program director.
- A current curriculum vitae
- Valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from a medical school outside of the US or Canada)
- Applicants must possess a valid permanent Visa or U.S. citizenship. Only J1 Visas will be acted.
- All fellowship candidates must possess a valid permanent Illinois license prior to start of this program.
Interviews will be scheduled upon review of the candidate’s application documents.
Correspondence will be sent to the respective applicants after the completed applications have been reviewed informing them of their status.