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Subspecialty Careers: Transplant Hepatology

The Discipline

The word hepatology is derived from the Greek word hepato, meaning "liver".

Training

Transplant Hepatology training involves one year of additional clinical training after completion of both residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in gastroenterology. Candidates must also complete the following procedural requirements: performance of at least 30 percutaneous liver biopsies, including allograft biopsies; interpretation of 200 native and allograft liver biopsies; and knowledge of indications, contraindications, and complications of allograft biopsies. For more on training requirements, visit the ABIMís Web site: www.abim.org/certification/policies/imss/thep.aspx.

Certification

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) jointly developed the Transplant Hepatology Certification Program. Before becoming certified in Transplant Hepatology, physicians must be ABIM certified in internal medicine and maintain a current, underlying certificate in gastroenterology. For more on certification requirements, visit the ABIMís Web site: www.abim.org/certification/policies/imss/thep.aspx.

Training Positions

For the 2011-2012 academic year, there were 36 ACGME-accredited training programs in Transplant Hepatology with 26 trainees.

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