Six National University Consortium in Liver Transplant Professionals Training (SNUC-LT) Program in Japan

K. Takagi, K. Miura, S. Nakanuma, S. Sakamoto, H. Yamamoto, T. Yagi, S. Eguchi, T. Ohta, T. Wakai, M. Ohtsuka, S. Uemoto, M. Kasahara, Y. Inomata

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Background: There has been no public structured training program for transplant surgeons in Japan. However, such a program is crucial for optimizing liver transplant surgery and training young professionals in liver transplant surgery. A comprehensive training program was recently developed and the underlying concepts, structure and curriculum, and results of this program are described here. Methods: We developed a 3-year training program in 2014 called the Six National University Consortium in Liver Transplant Professionals Training (SNUC-LT) program supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. This program is based on strong cooperation among 6 national universities (Kumamoto, Okayama, Nagasaki, Kanazawa, Niigata, and Chiba Universities). The program includes various courses to help trainees learn transplant theory and practice as well as to teach surgical skills required to safely perform transplant surgery. Results: Three trainees completed the specially designed 3-year curriculum. They attended lectures on transplant theory for an average of 59 hours and participated in an average of 44 liver transplant surgeries and 51 liver resections for transplant practice. Trainees from low-volume centers had sufficient opportunities to attend operations in high-volume centers because of the cooperative agreement among the universities. After finishing the program, the trainees were certified as talent-proven liver transplant surgeons. Conclusions: The SNUC-LT program is the first national program in Japan to have strong professional support. Our multicenter program enables young surgeons to have more abundant knowledge, more extensive experience, better surgical skills, and smoother communication skills in the field of liver transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-174
Number of pages7
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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