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

All fellows in accredited fellowship slots need to apply for trainee membership. Trainee 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 Fellows in Training

As a Fellow in an Accredited Abdominal Fellowship Training Program, there are requirements in order to receive a Certificate of Completion (Step 1 of the Certification Pathway). 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 Accreditation of Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Programs.
  • Know the Fellowship Managed Time Policy.
  • Maintain a Surgical Log and send the summary report to your Program Director in January and July for the Milestones form. Program Directors are require to fill out the Milestones Form bi-annually. 
  • 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, submit the Certificate of Completion Request Form. 

Fellowship Certification

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 Knowledge Assessment will be offered in April of each year for first and second year fellows. 
    • The 2024 Knowledge Assessment will be offered on Friday, April 19, 2024 and Tuesday, April 23, 2024. To register, click here.
  • 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 Fellow and Program Director.
  • The assessment will consist of 120 questions which fellows will have 3 hours to complete (180 minutes).
  • Should fellows not receive the minimum required score, a remediation option is available.
  • The assessment will cover the units from the National Transplant Curriculum.


  • 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