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Procedures for Gaining ASTS Accreditation of Training Programs


Application Procedure: 
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.

Click on the link below to access the 2018 Fellowship Training Program Reaccreditation Application:
2018 Reaccreditation Application

Please note, you must sign in using your ASTS username and password to access the application.

Requests for ASTS accreditation and reaccreditation of Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Training Programs are expected to follow these instructions.

Accreditation and Reaccreditation Deadlines

Applications are reviewed by the ASTS Fellowship Training Committee and presented for approval at the winter and fall ASTS Council Meetings.  No applications will presented to the Council between the winter and spring meetings, due to the Annual Match.  This ensures any changes happen prior to match day.  Below are important dates for 2017:

2018 Reaccreditation Applications
    *  Submission deadline of November 15, 2017
    *  Council review in January 2018
    *  Notification of final approval by February 15, 2018
New Program Applications
    *  Submissions will be accepted between June 30, 2017 - August 15, 2017
    *  Council review in October 2017 or January 2018 (presentation to Council is dependent on the application date of submission and the date of the site visit)
    *  Notification of final approval approximately 3 weeks after the relevant Council meeting

Accreditation and Reaccreditation Information

All data submitted must be from the Academic Year (July 1 - June 30).

The completed application will be reviewed by the Fellowship Training Committee (Chair, Co-chair and 2 committee members). The applicant institution will be notified of the names of the reviewers and are asked to cooperate with the reviewers' requests for additional information if necessary.

If the application is from a program not previously accredited, or if the accreditation has lapsed, a site visit to the applicant institution must be arranged for the reviewers. The ASTS National Office will notify the program of the complete application and will work with both the institution and the reviewers to organize the site visit. The applicant institution is expected to develop an itinerary that is mutually acceptable with the reviewers' goals and objectives. 

Direct expenses associated with travel to the site visit are borne by the applicant institution. The ASTS National Office will invoice the applicant institution after the site visit and payment is due after the application ruling is determined by the Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council on behalf of the ASTS Council. If the application is a renewal from an institution previously accredited, a site visit is not mandatory, and will be at the discretion of the reviewers.

The reviewers will submit a detailed report to the Chair of the Fellowship Training Committee and recommend whether the program meets the requirements for approval, whether additional information is necessary or whether the application should be disapproved. The Chair will submit the recommendations of the Committee to the Transplant Accreditation &Certification Council who is charged with granting final approval or disapproval.

The function of the Fellowship Training Committee is one of support to the ASTS Council and Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council and the committee will provide only recommendations. The Council holds ultimate authority in all decision-making matters.

If the program is granted approval by the ASTS Council through the Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council, the Fellowship Training Committee and Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council will announce the decision directly to the applicant institution via letter. That communication will serve as documentation of the approval as well as the date approval was granted, the conditions under which approval is granted and the duration of the approval. The process typically takes three to four months, and can take as long as six months, from the receipt of the application to final approval and notification.

Need more information?  Visit our Accreditation Page for more details and download all the requirements.  You may also contact Chelsey Gordon at chelsey.gordon@asts.org