Information for Fellows in Training

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Become a Fellow in an Accredited Fellowship Program

In order to become a fellow in an Accredited Fellowship Training Program you must participate in the annual match. The Abdominal Transplant Surgery Match is administered through SF Match.


Before you begin your Fellowship Training Program

It is mandatory that all fellows in accredited fellowship slots apply for CANDIDATE membership. Candidate membership is complimentary for fellows and includes online access to the American Journal of Transplantation (AJT). Fellows should apply at least 3 months prior to beginning their fellowship. 


Requirements for Current Fellows

As a Fellow in an Accredited Abdominal Fellowship Training Program, there are requirements in order to receive a certificate of completion. It is the fellows responsibility to review all requirements. Please note, fellows are only eligible to receive a certificate of completion in the organ system they matched into and the program is accredited to train in. 


  • Review the Fellowship Requirements before you begin training.
  • Familiarize yourself with the requirements for both the Institution and the Fellow concerning Accreditation of Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Programs.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Fellowship Managed Time Policy.
  • Maintain a Surgical Log and complete all National Transplant Curriculum modules within the Academic Universe. This must be completed when you finish training.
  • Fellows must successfully complete the Knowledge Assessment during their training. 
  • Fellows are responsible for requesting their certificate of completion at the end of their fellowship. When you have completed training, completed the Certificate of Completion Request From and return it to the ASTS office. 

Knowledge Assessment - Pathway to Certificate of Completion

As of 2018, all fellows in accredited Fellowship Training Programs are required to take the annual Knowledge Assessment during their first and second year of fellowship training. In order to receive a certificate of completion from the TACC, fellows must complete all fellow requirements and achieve a satisfactory score on the Knowledge Assessment. Review the Fellow Requirements for more detailed information. The Spring 2019 Knowledge Assessment will take place on Friday, April 5, 2019 or Saturday, April 13, 2019. Fellows will register for either date.


  • The Knowledge Assessment will be offered in April of each year for first and second year fellows. 
  • All fellows are required to take the assessment on the date they register for. 
  • The assessment will be administered using a secure online exam platform and will be proctored by the Fellowship Training Program Director. 
  • Results of the assessment will be distributed to the Program Director.
  • The assessment will consist of 120 questions which fellows will have 2.6 hours to complete. 
  • Should fellows not receive the minimum required score, a remediation option is available.
  • The assessment will cover the following units from the National Transplant Curriculum:
    • Economics and Ethics
    • HB/HPB
    • Intestine
    • Kidney Transplantation
    • Liver Transplantation
    • Medical Complications
    • Multi-Organ Transplant
    • Organ Procurement
    • Pancreas Transplantation
    • Pharmacology and Immunosuppression
    • Transplant Immunology


  • National Transplant Surgical Curriculum 
  • General Resources for Fellows (available at most institutions)

Textbook of Organ Transplantation Set
Allan D. Kirk MD, PhD, FACS, Stuart J. Knechtle MD, Christian P. Larsen MD, DPhil, Joren C. Madsen MD, DPhil, Thomas C. Pearson MD, Steven A. Webber MBChB, MRCP

Transplantation of the Liver
Ronald W. Busuttil, MD, PhD and Goran B. Klintmalm, MD, PhD

Operative Techniques in Transplantation Surgery
Michael J. Englesbe M.D. and Michael W Mulholland MD PhD

Introduction to Organ Transplantation
Nadey S. Hakim and David Taube

Kidney Transplantation – Principles and Practice
Stuart J. Knechtle, MD, FACS and Peter Morris, MD, PhD



Certificate of Completion Request Form

Replacement Form

When you complete your fellowship, download the Certificate of Completion Request Form and return it to the ASTS National Office.This form must be signed by your Program Director in order to receive a certificate. Make sure you have completed all requirements before submitting your request form. This includes, successfully completing the National Transplant Curriculum, surgical log requirements, and approval from your Program Director. Certificate requests are reviewed on a monthly basis. You should allow 6 - 8 weeks for processing.  

If you were a fellow and trained at a Fellowship Training Program and received a certificate of completion at the end of your fellowship that you would like to have replaced, please download and complete the Certificate of Completion Replacement Form. Note, there is a fee to replace the certificate. 

  • $15 for ASTS Members
  • $25 for Non-Members