Mayo Clinic Arizona Advanced Practitioner Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship

Website: http://www.mayo.edu/mayo-clinic-school-of-health-sciences/careers/physician-assistant/nurse-practitioner-or-physician-assistant-abdominal-organ-transplant-fellowship-arizona

Please see the program website for further application, pre-requisite, curriculum and stipend information.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a one-year postgraduate fellowship within Abdominal Organ Transplant for one Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant at the Phoenix, Arizona campus. This fellowship is intended to prepare the trainee for a career in one of several disciplines within the growing field of transplantation.

Quick Facts:

Program Director:
Shari Perez, DNP, ANP-C

Associate Program Director
Megan Goodman, MMS, PA-C

Stipend: A competitive stipend will be provided.  The Mayo Clinic Benefit package includes coverage options for health and dental insurance for the fellow, spouse and dependents.  Paid vacation time is allotted through the program.  A generous CME package including trip days and stipend is also given.  This stipend is to help assist with travel and registration expenses for the fellow to attend a professional conference during the year.  Malpractice insurance coverage applies.

Class size: 1 Nurse Practitioner OR 1 Physician Assistant per year

Start: Traditionally starts end of September/beginning of October and runs for 1 full calendar year.


The comprehensive educational curriculum is designed to provide fellows with specialty training in the medical and surgical aspects of liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation. Mastery of the principles of immunosuppression — a core element of all transplant disciplines — is a major goal and expectation of the program.

Fellows work directly with the renowned faculty of distinguished physicians and surgeons, as well as with other highly recognized, specialized and dedicated physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs).

In addition to the clinical curriculum, trainees participate in regularly scheduled academic conferences, attend educational lectures and have the opportunity to perform scholarly research with the potential for publication in academic journals.

Program Goals:

  • Develop a broad knowledge base of the acute and chronic disease states for which patients are considered for liver, kidney or pancreas transplantation
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine practices to develop differential diagnoses and treatment plans
  • Gain proficiency in the evaluation of potential candidates for abdominal organ transplantation
  • Develop detailed understanding of the criteria by which candidacy for abdominal organ transplantation is determined
  • Master the principles of immunosuppression applied to the full spectrum of disease states and clinical situations which require individualized therapy
  • Understand the key components of donor selection and organ allocation policy
  • Become skilled in the evaluation and selection of living liver and kidney donors
  • Develop knowledge of the surgical aspects of abdominal organ transplantation, including transplant surgery observation and participation, as well as participation in a transplant surgery clinic
  • Become proficient in the care of critically ill transplant recipients, including during the perioperative period
  • Develop the skills needed for effective counseling of patients with complex medical problems and their families
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the current medical literature in abdominal organ transplantation, including the current controversies in transplantation and the public health and economic ramifications of organ replacement
  • Understand the ethical considerations in the conduct of organ transplantation

About Mayo Clinic Arizona Facilities:

Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. On the Phoenix campus you’ll find the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital with 21 operating rooms and 268 patient beds.  The campus’ most recent addition is the Mayo Clinic Building, which includes Cancer Center and proton beam facility.

Mayo Clinic’s campus in Arizona is currently ranked No. 1 in Arizona on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list and #20 on the national Honor Roll for 2017-2018.

The Phoenix campus includes a multidisciplinary simulation center to educate students and fellows through real-life patient care situations.  This enables learners to practice on sophisticated mannequins in a no-risk environment. There are 4 different medical environments including an operating room, ER/ICU, Med/surg patient room and an outpatient procedural suite.  Scenarios can range from individual skills training, to complex teamwork situations.