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Clinical and Research Training


Clinical Training

​​The program includes a curriculum that fulfills eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics for the newly offered sub-specialty certification in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology.

The fellow will spend six months of the year on the inpatient and consultation liver/transplant services at Children’s Hospital Colorado. 1-month will be spent on a clinical rotation at The University of Colorado participating in adult liver transplant rounds and outpatient transplant hepatology clinic. The remaining five months of the year will be dedicated to a clinical, translational, or basic science research project in the areas of pediatric hepatology and transplantation medicine.
 
Throughout the entire year, the fellow will participate in bi-weekly hepatology/transplant clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The Fellow will be involved in all aspects or pre-, peri-, and post-transplant care.

Call Responsibilities
There are no formal call responsibilities. However, the transplant fellow will be expected to observe 3 liver transplants, go out on 3 organ procurements, and be present at 1 living donor organ retrieval. In addition, transplant fellows are encouraged to observe 2 intra-operative cholangiograms, 2 Kasai procedures, and at least 1 percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography procedure. Although they are not formally on call, transplant fellows will be alerted overnight if there is a patient with acute liver failure, GI bleeding requiring sclerotherapy or banding, or urgent transplant evaluation.

Vacation

The fellow will have 3 weeks of vacation that can be taken in 1 or 2-week blocks according to ACGME regulations. ​

Research Training

The transplant fellow will have five months of time to dedicate to a clinical, translational, or basic science research project in the areas of pediatric hepatology or transplantation medicine. With over 3.5 million dollars per year in grant support, the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology/Hepatology offers endless research opportunities for our fellows. 

Within our division, there is clinical, translation, and basic science research occurring in the areas of liver transplantation, infectious hepatitis, CF-related-liver disease, NAFLD, biliary atresia, primary sclerosing cholangitis, TPN induced liver injury, disorders of bile acids synthesis/transport, mitochondrial liver disease, and immunizations and infections in the transplant population.​