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University Medical Center Groningen

Transplantation Medicine

8th -11th June 2020
Transplantational Medicine
Transplantational Medicine

At the 2020 Transplantation Medicine Summer School, participants can expect to learn about the latest and greatest innovations in the field of transplantation medicine. This summer school will be filled with presentations by world-leading doctors in the field, from the University of Groningen itself, as well as from our partner schools located in South America and Europe. Special transplant patients will join us to share their own experiences as a transplant donor, or recipient, and to give us an even greater understanding of what’s at stake in transplantation. In addition, a live transplant operation will be displayed during the summer school, which is a great insight into what exactly goes on during transplantation. During the program, we will get into the nitty-gritty of transplantation medicine with a focus on the current advancements, and new research that has been undertaken. Students will also gather together in small groups to complete transplantation-medicine-related assignments that are based on the presentations and on other events to further consolidate their understanding of the matters at hand. Our goal is to stimulate students’ interest in research from an early stage and to give students the opportunity to discuss their research findings with others while also encouraging contact between themselves and transplantation medicine specialists at our summer school.

With all this being said, the 2020 Transplantation Medicine Summer School definitely won’t be all work and no play. We have organized a plethora of fun and interactive activities for our staff and students before, during and after the summer school! To begin our summer school, we will hold a cooking workshop where we will prepare dishes from all around the world together in groups. This bonding exercise is the perfect kick-off to the summer school, where everyone can get to know and learn about one another. Of course we will also have a great dinner after with all of the food we’ve made. Have you ever sailed before? We here in the Netherlands love to sail! In part due to the fact that there are so many bodies of water here, but also because it is such a fun activity that we’d love to share with you all. You will all have the opportunity to experience sailing and maybe even learn how to sail. Mix this in with some physical activity breaks between lectures, team games, and our infamous pub quiz, and the 2020 Transplantation Summer School will be something you will never forget!

Goals of the Medical Sciences Summer School Transplantation Medicine

  1. To introduce medically educated students to the various aspects of solid organ transplantation with focus on the limitations/complications we are facing today.
  2. Collaboratively find ways to understand/tackle these problems through clinical and scientific research.

Teaching Methods

The format of a Medical Sciences School is based on the intense interaction between students and the speakers.

A variety of lectures will be given by experts in the field of transplantation medicine. Furthermore, transplant recipients will contribute by giving lectures or interviews to illustrate the view of the patient. Also, examples of the challenges of organ transplantation will be collectively discussed, hence stressing the need for improvement of patient care as a whole. Additionally, participants will actively discuss and present scientific articles amongst each other in groups.

Who can participate?

The Summer School is open to advanced undergraduate students and master students in any medical field of study including Medicine, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.
  • The Transplantation Summer School is open to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of any Biomedical Science with a special interest in transplantation medicine.
  • As Transplantation Medicine doesn’t involve just doctors, we aim to invite those of multiple disciplines, that may even be outside of the medical field. In that way, the challenges of transplantation medicine can be future shared.
    PhD students with transplant medicine-related work are also encouraged to participate
  • Selected medical students interested in transplantation medicine/transplantation research from preferred partners of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen.
  • Also students whose abstract on transplantation medicine has been selected for a presentation at the ISCOMS (International Student Congress of Medical Sciences) are cordially invited to participate.



    8-11 June 2020


    'Zuidkaap', Midlaren, Groningen.

    Course language


    Number of participants

    25 - 30


    €300 (inludes: accommodation, meals, educational and leisure activities, transport between Groningen and Zuidkaap)


    Certificate of Attendance

    Deadline for application

    April 1st, 2020

    Information and Registration


    Scientific partners

Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen
University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen
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