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**This page is specific for FELLOWSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS seeking accreditation to train fellows. If you are a fellow looking to apply for Candidate Membership, please click here. **

As the leading Society advancing surgical care in transplantation, the ASTS is committed to defining and promoting training and the career-long education of transplant surgeons. The primary avenue by which ASTS defines and promotes training is through its accreditation of abdominal transplant surgery fellowship training programs and ASTS is the only provider of this service to the transplant community. To see a list of all our training programs, click here

ASTS accreditation provides validation that a training program meets prescribed high standards and is a seal of approval formally recognized the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and others. ASTS accredited training programs serve as the primary pathway for transplant surgeon designation and associated privileges.  Regulatory bodies, third-party payers, and academic transplant centers increasingly view completion of an ASTS accredited training program as an important qualification.

The objective of a transplant surgery fellowship training program is to develop proficiency in the surgical and medical management of patients with end-stage organ diseases amenable to transplantation. Candidates for such training must have satisfactorily completed a residency which satisfies the educational requirements for certification by the American Board of Surgery or the American Board of Urology or foreign equivalency. 

ASTS accredited fellowship training programs are subject to an initial accreditation review, site visit, evaluation and approval by the Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council on behalf of the ASTS.  Subsequent program reaccreditations typically occur every three years.  Please see below for specific application requirements, deadlines and procedures. 

Program Accreditation Application Deadlines:

ASTS accepts accreditation applications on an ongoing basis, but only reviews them in the fall, and early winter months. All applications are reviewed by the ASTS Fellowship Training Committee and approved applications are accredited by the Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council on behalf of the ASTS. See below for application submission deadlines. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed until the next review period.

Accreditation Applications are open June 30 - August 15
Reaccreditation Applications are open September 1 - November 15

The application process is now closed.

August 15  For review during the Fall Council meeting
* all new program's applying for accreditation must submit an application by August 15 
November 15   For review during the Winter Council meeting

Please visit the Procedures Page to learn more about the application process.  

Note: Applications will not be reviewed during the months of the Annual NRMP Fellowship Match. All applications received during this time will be reviewed after the match has closed, and recommendations will be put forward at the Fall Council Meeting.

The Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council on behalf of the ASTS has established guidelines and standards for programs to earn and maintain ASTS Accreditation. It is the responsibility of all programs and fellows to review the below documents and be familiar with the requirements. 
Program Accreditation Requirements
ASTS Fellowship Classifications and Requirements
Structure of Training
Individual Fellow Requirements
Fellowship Training Director Job Description
ASTS LDN Requirements
Fellowship Managed Time Policy

Approval of Programs

It is not essential nor even desirable that all institutions adopt exactly the same content and structure of their programs, but it is necessary that all programs meet the essentials for approval and demonstrate that they can provide a high quality of education through the clinical experience provided to the trainee. 

Additional Resources for Fellowship Training

Application Procedures | HB & HPB Criteria | Intestinal Criteria |Managed Time Policy | (FMG) Sample Process Timeline | Parallel Tracks Position Statement | Fellowship Program Fee Structure