Transplant ID Clinical Track

The Transplant Clinical Track is designed to provide focused experiences in solid-organ transplant, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, and immunocompromised patients. UT Southwestern currently offers a range of services to transplant patients (heart, lung, liver, kidney, and stem cell), as well as pre-transplant evaluation for circulatory mechanical assist devices. Fellows have the opportunity to expand their inpatient/outpatient clinical experiences at Clements University Hospital inpatient transplant ID service and outpatient clinics. In addition, fellows are provided research mentors in the field of Transplant ID to help develop and complete a project in an area of interest. Specific components of the track can be modified to fit each fellow’s individual career aspirations and needs. Fellows are also be able to apply for a dedicated third year of clinical training specific to transplant ID.

Objectives

The curriculum aims to promote excellence in the following areas:

  1. Clinical knowledge of care in patients with history solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem-cell transplant including principles of treatment of infections, diagnostic ordering/interpretation, prevention of infections, and pre-transplant evaluation including those with circulatory mechanical assist devices
  2. Outpatient care of solid organ transplant, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, and circulatory mechanical assist devices
  3. Understanding the processes of consent, donor, and recipient selection, allocations systems, and considerations regarding limited resource utilization
  4. Understanding the structure and function of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing including the Disease Transmission Advisory Committee
  5. Research training in areas specific to transplant ID
  6. Understanding of ethical considerations in transplantation
  7. Skill in working with inter-disciplinary transplant teams

Available Activities

  • Additional time on the inpatient Transplant ID consultation service at Clements University Hospital
  • Elective time at the UTSW Transplant ID clinics
  • Opportunity to lecture medical students, residents, and fellows on topics related to transplant ID
  • Mentor-guided research to include case series or case reports, quality improvement projects, or systematic review articles
  • Abstract submissions to conferences such as IDweek and TID
  • Attendance at AST Fellows’ Transplant conference
  • Attendance at transplant selection committee
  • One-on-one experience with donor call
  • Day spent with the Organ Procurement Organization to enhance the understanding of deceased donor evaluation and organ allocation
  • Review of UNOS and DTAC processes for donor-derived infection reporting

Resources

Fellows can take advantage of UTSW/Parkland’s extensive resources in transplant ID. Weekly general ID didactic series (which includes transplant topics) given by faculty. A faculty research mentor will be identified, and fellows are strongly encouraged to conduct clinical or translational research and disseminate this work at a regional or national transplant meetings.