PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: M4 elective rotation only. Completion of Core M3 Clinical Clerkships required.

To provide medical and surgical experience in clinical kidney, pancreas, and liver transplantation. This includes those aspects related to the medical care of patients with renal and liver failure in general (i.e. fluid and electrolytes, diet, hemodialysis and management of hypertension) and diabetes. Also, instruction is provided related specifically to transplant recipients (i.e. eligibility, immunological considerations, transplant surgery, immunosuppression, etc.) as well as vascular access surgery and organ donation.

COMPETENCIES: Thorough working knowledge of organ donation, transplantation and immuno suppression.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Opportunity for clinical investigation may be provided, and laboratory experience when requested. Also, when called upon, the student can accompany the team to retrieve organs from an organ donor. Instructional methods: Bedside and didactic rounds, outpatient clinics, small animal surgery, divisional conferences, student presentation. Number of patients/week: 5-10 inpatients and 20-40 outpatients. Minimum of 4 weeks on rotation.

ASSESSMENT: Subjective clinical evaluation by faculty.


Program Number: ELEC 677
Location: UI Health
Program Director: Dr. Spaggiari
Coordinator:  Joanna Olazar
Telephone: 312-413-3379
For Scheduling Elective Contact:  Tricia Harvat
 4-8 weeks (Only 4 week experiences can serve as Surgical Selective. Only 4 weeks of this Surgical Selective is required).
Weekends: Yes
Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 4
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Laboratory/Independent Study: 2-4 hours
Outpatient: 6
Inpatient: 22
Total Hours /Week: 36

Reporting Instructions: Students should report to the 7th floor Transplant unit at 6:30 AM and ask for the Transplant Attending.

*Instructor’s Note: unpredictable- depends on organ donor availability.

Updated:  12/12/22