Course Outline and Content


  • to allow trainees to flourish in an environment that facilitates translational research and the flow of knowledge from the bench to the bedside and back in solid organ transplantation.
  • to offer a high-profile research environment that attracts first-class trainees from all regions of Canada and around the world
  • to advance and improve organ transplantation, and also, as transplantation research has done in the past, provide insight in other areas of science and medicine

Specific Objectives:

  • To ensure our trainees consider the implications of their research as it relates to transplantation
  • To educate trainees in the trans disciplinary nature of transplantation research
  • To develop opportunities for trainees to develop careers in all aspects of transplantation

The Transplant Training Program curriculum consists of 9 components that are completed over 2 years.

i. Transplantation-related Research. All trainees are under the direct supervision of a training program mentor who oversees the trainee’s research.

ii. Transplant Seminar Series. This for-credit course, taken by students during their first term in the program, is delivered under the auspices of the School of Graduate Studies. Login to CONNECT to access the on-line Surgery 548C Seminar.

                           Download or view the Surgery 548C Seminar Schedule ( 2014 September – November )

iii. Problem-based Learning (PBL) case. Trainees assess a patient from the initial transplant evaluation through to post-transplantation and complications, presenting an analysis of varying situations and incorporating and applying factual knowledge gained during the seminar series to propose solutions to problems encountered during the course of the patient’s journey through his/her transplant.

iv. Ethics Forum. All trainees attend an annual forum that is led by Dr. Laine Ross from the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago

Examples of topics discussed include:

  • expanding the organ donor pool with living donors
  • living anonymous organ donation
  • organ allocation: principles and controversies
  • transplant recipient selection: principles and controversies
  • cloning and stem cell research
  • regulated markets for donor organs
  • ethnicity and organ donation
  • children as living donors

v. Health Policy Workshop. Second year trainees participate in a two-day workshop on health services research and policy in transplant.

vi. Transplantation Research Day. (link to the Current and Past Information on Tx Research Day).
The Annual Transplantation Research Day provides an opportunity for trainees to gain exposure to the breadth of on-going research in the community and opens doors for collaborations, both for the students as well as the principle investigators.

vii. Research-in-progress seminars. (link to the Current Schedule)
First and second year trainees present their research progress to trainees and mentors.

viii. Professional Skills. Workshops provide instruction on scientific abstract writing, scientific oral communication and grants-man-ship. as well as project management and communication to non-specialist and non-scientific audiences.

ix. Transplant Surgery. Second year students attend a living kidney donor organ retrieval surgery followed by a kidney transplant implantation operation. For trainees, the opportunity to observe a transplant in the operating room is a life-changing moment.

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