JoAnn, I'm so sorry your husband is having to go through so much. You know, Vanderbilt is supposed to be an excellent hospital--I believe in the Top 10, if not the Top 5. No matter how excellent a hospital may be, you will occasionally get a technician or other staffer who is new. I feel I've just been extremely lucky at Mayo...but there was one time when a nurse tried to get a deep vein in me for IV using computer assistance, and she had me in tears from her jabbing and poking around--and she didn't get it. Now I ask for the radiologist who did the chemoembolization and TheraSphere, when I'm in that area. That man does it painlessly. He's a genius--truly.
Anyway, I don't know whether Mayo requires a course that long or not. I do know they have a transplant information course, as I've been in the waiting room when someone comes out and calls names for the transplant course (I'm seen in the Transplant Center, even though I didn't have one.) I don't know how long it is, how many sessions or anything.
Also, when I went to Mayo I took all my test results from Shands--all the scans, blood work, everything. However, they repeated it all plus some. In fact, they did it several times, and before and after surgery. When I go in next month for scans and bloodwork, etc., I know it will be spread over several days. And this is follow-up.
So I don't know that you'd be better off at this point changing care. Ultimately, the decision is up to you and your husband. Is there a social worker or patient advocate there that you could talk with? Most hospitals have them.
BTW, are "water pills" a no-no for transplant candidates? It took them a long while, but they finally did prescribe Lasix and Aldactone for me, which I still take on a daily basis. Without it, I get ascites and edema in my legs and feet.
Good luck and let us know what you decide to do!