Program Structure

Program length: 12 months (September 1 to August 31 of every year)

Program breakdown: 12 months of clinical rotation pertaining to the medical and surgical aspect of solid organ abdominal transplantation with main focus being kidney and liver


  • Graduate of an accredited physician’s assistant or acute care nurse practitioner program with current board certification
  • North Carolina State licensure or eligibility
  • Drug Enforcement Administration licensure or eligibility
  • BLS and ACLS certifications

*RN First Assistant certification is required for ACNPs interested in assisting in the OR, but it is not required for the fellowship​

Credential awarded: Completion certificate from Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Department of Surgery


The curriculum starts with the focus on Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation followed by Liver/Intestinal Transplantation. During the year, the fellow will have an opportunity to spend time with various members of the transplant department and commonly consulted services to get a comprehensive learning on the medical and surgical management of Transplant recipients. Didactic education consists of journal articles and previous lecture recordings, in addition to recurring lecture series such as Department of Surgery grand rounds and Transplant grand rounds throughout the year. These materials are meant to help augment the clinical education.

The fellow’s duties will include, but not limited to: history taking and physical examinations, writing patient orders and progress notes in the EMR, participating in multidisciplinary transplant rounds, responding to patient care needs, ordering and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory studies, and assisting in the operating room. All clinical activities of the fellow will be supervised by the supervising physician.