The basic premise of the transplant rotation is to provide information to the clinicians (both medical and surgical) regarding status of both solid and hollow organ transplants including heart, kidney, liver, lung, and small bowel.  This will be accomplished primarily by examining biopsies of each of these organs.

A Resident's day-to-day on the Transplant Rotation

It is typically a third year rotation and includes the transplant specimens (biopsies or explants, native or failed allografts) from the liver, kidney, heart, small bowel, and lung. The day starts with previewing the cases and correlating them with clinical information to arrive at a diagnosis. Residents also assist in the triage of the kidney and heart biopsy specimens for special studies (light microscopy, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy). We attend weekly HCC, liver/small bowel transplant and renal transplant conferences and the monthly native renal pathology conference. 

During this rotation, the third year is also paired with the first year on autopsy service, training them for all the aspects of autopsy.