A multidisciplinary approach, with input from hepatic pathologists, hepatobiliary surgeons, transplant surgeons, and interventional radiologists, ensures a broad-based clinical experience.
Our one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Transplant Hepatology provides training throughout the University of Washington System, including clinical experience at the University of Washington Medical Center, site of an active Liver Transplant Program, as well as at the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System and Harborview Medical Center. The University of Washington Liver Transplant program is the largest liver transplant program in the Pacific Northwest, and serves a five state area. Our center offers both living and deceased donor liver transplant, offering extensive opportunities for fellowship education.
The program includes participation in clinical research.
Candidates must have completed Gastroenterology fellowship training in an ACGME-accredited program and be Board Certified/Board Eligible in Gastroenterology.
Five basic skills 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:
- 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.