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Organ Transplant Experience Elective

This elective is designed to offer students a comprehensive experience in the field of transplant surgery, both inside and outside the operating room. Medical students will follow a living kidney donor/recipient pair longitudinally, throughout their inpatient and outpatient care at UCSF.

Course Objectives

  • Develop longitudinal relationships with a living donor/recipient pair, their families, and their medical & surgical teams 
  • Become familiar with the pre and post operative responsibilities of the medical & surgical teams
  • Observe a living donor kidney transplant surgery
  • Become more knowledgeable about the process of living donation and organ transplantation


  • 1st and 2nd year UCSF medical students

Course Logistics

  • Meetings
    • Information Session
    • Didactic Session
    • Midpoint Meeting
    • Wrap-Up Session
  • Clinical Sessions
    • Renal Transplant Selection Committee Meeting
    • Appointment with Surgeons and Nephrologist
    • Living Donor Kidney Transplant Operation
    • Postoperative Inpatient Rounds
    • Postoperatve Outpatient Follow-up Appointment
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