The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in Transplant Medicine and Advanced Hepatology focuses on liver transplant and organ (kidney/liver) failure management. Given the growing clinical relevance of hepatocellular carcinoma and chronic liver diseases, sarcopenia and fragility, and of the advanced management of portal hypertension. It also includes a major in Advanced Hepatology, with focus on the aforementioned topics.
The purpose of the Master is to provide, through a specific academic course, the corpus of knowledge related to organ transplant medicine and a few fundamental specific competences, such as managing patients with organ failure, knowledge of transplant indications and counter-indications, management of immunosuppressive treatment and after-transplant complications.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree is inter-University, and it involves the University of Padua and the University of Milan Bicocca.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in Transplant Medicine and Advanced Hepatology provides advanced competences on clinical management of liver or multi-organ insufficiency, who are candidates, waiting for or underwent a transplant; independent identification of the best therapeutic approach to adopt for patients with organ failure, who are candidates for and/or who underwent a transplant; planning of diagnostic/therapeutic plans in patients suffering from acute and chronic organ and liver failure, in relation to the multidisciplinary team involved.
The Master courses develop through lesson cycles concentrated in short, continuation periods, previously agreed with professors and students, including attendance of clinics and units to collect data and clinical cases subject matter of the course.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in Transplant Medicine and Advanced Hepatology trains high-level professional figures, who can implement all the main competences of diagnostic classification and clinical/therapeutic management of the main onsets of acute, acute on chronic, and chronic organ and liver failure, and for patients candidate for or who underwent liver transplant.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in Transplant Medicine and Advanced Hepatology provides training on:
Logical-organizational aspects of organ transplant: donation, law, allocation criteria, priority, ethical and medical-legal aspects.
Knowledge of the law and regulations concerning the donation, collection, allocation criteria; exploration of the ethical and medical-legal aspects of transplants.
Elements of immunodepressive therapy: diagrams, complications, pharmacological interactions, typing, tolerance, transplant physiopathological aspects, physiopathological knowledge and applicative capacity of transplant immunology principles.
Surgical techniques of organ transplants and preservation/conditioning method: knowledge of the different preservation/conditioning methods, basic surgical techniques for solid organ transplants, and advanced surgical methods.
Indications and counter-indications: patient selection, checklists, prognostic indexes in liver and multi-organ transplants, knowledge of solid organ diseases and their clinical indications to assess a transplant, application for prognostic, selection and individuation criteria in solid organ transplant.
Waiting list management: priority, management of patients for liver diseases, knowledge of terminal liver disease, and waiting list pending the optimization of the transplant outcome.
Intervention aspects and intervention radiology: knowledge of the intervention and intervention radiology methods to manage patients before and after a solid organ transplant.
Short and long-term transplant complications: managing rejection, pathological anatomy, knowledge of medical and surgical complications in organ transplants and their management, diagnosis and management of organ rejection, fundamentals of transplant histopathology.
Disease recurrence, re-transplant, future of organ transplants: knowledge of basic disease recurrence mechanism, prevention, diagnosis and treatment, new perspectives concerning technologies and innovation for transplants.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree has been designed to expand the knowledge on transplant medicine, which is currently an extremely relevant topic in the medical field. This topic involves several disciplines: Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Surgery.
The general ranking of merit for the academic year 2023/24 will be published on the Italian page of this Master according to the timing provided in the Call.