Abdominal Transplant Surgeon
Fellowship Certification Pathway

The Fellowship Certification Pathway is available for fellows that have successfully completed an Accredited Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Training Program in 2019 and beyond.
If you completed training prior to 2019, please refer to the Career Certification Pathway

Application Opens: September 20, 2021

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021


Step 1: Certificate of Completion

Fellows are responsible for submitting a certificate of completion request form when they complete their fellowship training program. This request must be submitted within six months of completing the fellowship training program.

Certificate of Completion Eligibility:

Fellows are eligible to receive a certificate of completion when they successfully complete a twenty-four month Accredited Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship AND fulfill requirements for organ systems in which their fellowship program is accredited to train. This includes organ systems for which the program is accredited in at the start of the fellow’s training AND organ systems for which the program receives accreditation within the first twelve months of the fellow’s training.

For example, if a fellow started training in August 2017 and the program became accredited in Pancreas transplant in December 2017 for the upcoming 2018 academic year, the fellow would be eligible to receive a certificate of completion in pancreas transplant if he or she meets requirements.

It is the responsibility of an individual training program to inform the fellow about specific program accreditation status at the start of fellowship training and when changes to the program accreditation status occur that affect the certificate eligibility of the fellow. 

Certificate of Completion Request Process:

Fellows are responsible for submitting a certificate of completion request when they complete their fellowship training program. This online submission must include the following attachments: 
 
  1. Certificate of Completion Program Director Approval Form
  2. Surgical Log Entries Report
  3. Surgical Log Summary Report
  4. National Transplant Curriculum Certificate

It is recommended you keep a copy of your surgical log reports for your records. Emailed submissions will not be accepted. Certificate requests are reviewed on a monthly basis and you should allow 6-8 weeks for processing.


What's Next?

Candidates who successfully complete training and have been in practice for one to five years are eligible for the Fellowship Certification Pathway (if they completed training since 2019). Refer to Step 2 of the process. 

Step 2: Abdominal Transplant Surgeon Certification

The Fellowship Certification Pathway is available for fellows that have successfully completed an Accredited Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Training Program in 2019 and beyond. 

Certification Eligibility:

Candidates who successfully complete a TACC Accredited Fellowship Training Program and receive a certificate of completion (outlined in Step 1) are eligible to enter into the Fellowship Certification Pathway.

In-Practice Requirement:

Candidates are required to be in practice for a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years. Candidates must also have an active (non-expired) license to practice.

Certification Application:

The application requires candidates to provide their license and certification information, education, background, lone reference should be from the Division Chief or Fellowship Training Program Director where the candidate trained, one reference should be from a current Department Chair or Chief of Staff the candidate is working with now, career summary (maximum of 500 words), post fellowship surgical logs cases from one to five years of transplant practice (maximum of 100 cases). The fee to apply for certification is $250.

Candidates applying for certification must add their surgical log cases to the ASTS surgical log. Please email TACC@asts.org to be added to the Fellowship Certification cycle. 

Oral Exam:

If a candidate's certification application is approved they will be eligible to register for the oral exam in Fall 2022. The fee for the oral exam is $1,500. Candidates will need to provide five cases when registering for the exam. The oral exam will consist of two sessions which will include general transplant knowledge, organ specific topics, and cases submitted by the examinee. 

Certification:

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the Transplant Accreditation & Certification Council will approve the candidate to become a Certified Abdominal Transplant Surgeon. A formal recognition ceremony will be held each year at the ASTS Winter Symposium. A registry of certified diplomates will be available. 


Certification Pathway


Certificate Replacement:

If you  received a certificate of completion at the end of your fellowship that you would like to have replaced, please complete the replacement form.

Looking for a Job?

If you recently completed your Fellowship Training Program and you are searching for a job, please go to the ASTS Career Center.