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Transplantation Science for Transplant Clinicians (4)


Course Information


This module has been specifically developed for clinicians (for example, surgeons and renal physicians) who specialise in the field of transplantation. It is the fourth of 4 modules on transplantation science. The modules are designed to align with the British Transplant Society and Renal Association guidelines and specialist clinical training in medicine and surgery. This module builds on the content from modules 1, 2 and 3, namely MDSC175/MDSC174/MDSC176 - Transplantation Science for Transplant Clinicians online 1,2 &3. It will specifically provide the in-depth knowledge and understanding required to achieve successful outcomes during the transplant journey from donor to recipient.


Course Code


Course Dates

4th September 2017 – 3rd September 2018

Course Leader

Ahmed Halawa

Course Fee

Course Description

This online module will recruit both UK and international students in a part-time capacity. The module will be delivered over a 26 week period and will comprise asynchronous interactive lectures, tutorials, student-led group tasks with critical appraisal of journals/scientific papers via online fora, online MCQs and facilitated online discussion boards. Total number of scheduled learning and teaching hours is 300 hours. Scheduled directed student contact is 90 hours, unscheduled directed student activity is 17 hours and student self-directed learning 193 hours. 

There will be 11-12 hours student commitment per week over the 26 week period. Additional time will be provided online for guidance for assessment (group and individual).

Emphasis will be placed upon the development of effective clinical reasoning strategies based upon the use of ‘best evidence’ and critical reflection of practice. 

This module covers pancreatic, combined kidney and other organ transplantation, with emphasis on multi-organ pathophysiology related to kidney transplant. Chronic graft loss, diagnosis and the available treatment options are discussed in detail, with critical analysis of the current practice against the best available evidence. Histology of the various pathological conditions affecting the transplanted kidney is discussed with reference to the clinical presentation and the various diagnostic modalities; specifically transplant radiology with an emphasis on optimisation of diagnostic modality/interventions. Finally the ethics of transplantation is discussed with reference to the recent British guidelines.