Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship

This one-year accredited Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship position is intended for physicians wishing to acquire special expertise in all aspects of transfusion medicine.

Overview

The fellow spends six months on the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus and four months at Carter BloodCare in Bedford, Texas. Additionally, one month is spent in the HLA laboratory (three weeks at UT Southwestern and Baylor University Medical Center) and paternity testing at Gene Screen, a private laboratory.

The participant will be integrally involved in the activities of both an independent community blood collection center and three hospital transfusion services. The hospitals are conveniently located on one campus and include a major county hospital with regional trauma center, a children's hospital, and a private university hospital with surgical emphasis.

Active transplantation services include kidney, bone marrow, and pediatric heart and liver. Apheresis services are well utilized, both for cell collection and therapeutic procedures. The blood donation center collects approximately 400,000 whole blood donations per year and is involved in peripheral blood progenitor cell harvesting and cryopreservation as well as bone marrow processing.

The emphasis of the Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship will be on clinical consultation with physicians, patients, and donors, with excellent laboratory exposure to both serologic techniques and blood component processing. The responsibilities will include participation in resident education and attendance at policy-making and utilization review organizations. Opportunities for research are available and encouraged.

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Educational Goals

The program is designed to provide extensive training of the highest quality targeted at the following three main objectives:

  • Educate a physician who is considered to be a specialist and expert in transfusion medicine in the management of patients requiring various blood component therapy and therapeutic apheresis.
  • Develop a physician who is a specialist in blood banking with regards to blood donor eligibility and processing
  • Develop the physician as a researcher and trainer. The primary vehicle to accomplishing these goals will be practice-based learning by direct involvement in patient management. Fellow responsibilities fall under the areas listed below:

Patient care

Under the direct supervision of the Transfusion Medicine Faculty, the Fellow is responsible, in a graduated fashion, for:

  • All transfusion and therapeutic apheresis related issues at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, Children’s Medical Center and The Aston Ambulatory Care Center. The Fellow will be responsible for evaluation of all the requests for therapeutic apheresis, both inpatient (Parkland, Zale and CMC) and outpatient.
  • Patient Rounds on these patients with residents/medical students and attending
  • Stem cell transplantation at CMC and Zale.

Academic aspects

Fellow will participate in various clinical discussions and conditions requiring the latest in the medical literature. This exercise should produce a physician who:

  • Is familiar with apheresis and blood banking techniques and equipment.
  • Is knowledgeable with the etiology and features of situations/diseases particular to Transfusion Medicine. Fellow should be able to develop an appropriate diagnosis management.
  • Is thoroughly knowledgeable in hemostasis and is able to advise clinicians on appropriate component therapies including clotting factor concentrates, WinRho, recombinant FVIIa, etc.
  • Is knowledgeable with the clinical outcomes of treatments and alternative therapies
  • Possesses the skills necessary for effective teaching and communications with primary care and referring physicians regarding all aspects of diagnosis and management of Transfusion Medicine diseases.
  • Possesses the skills and desire to effectively impart this knowledge in a teaching and presentation related environment.

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Requirements

Must be a physician, board eligible or certified by a major specialty board. Physician must be eligible for a Texas institutional permit.

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Computer Resources

UT Southwestern is served by an extensive network of clinical and resource software. Problems including Cerner and OASIS, which may be accessed from numerous locations for immediate access to patient lab results and other pertinent information. Additionally, the fellow receives a personal computer and an office.

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Conferences

Name of Conference

Frequency

Organizers

Transfusion Medicine Journal Club

Twice monthly, 1.5 hours each

Transfusion Medicine

Hospital Transfusion Service “intake” and Apheresis “intake” Rounds

Daily, 1/2 hour each

Transfusion Medicine faculty
Blood Bank technologists

Hemostasis Conference

Weekly, 1 hour each

 

Blood Center directors meeting

Weekly, 2 hours each

Blood Center staff

AABB and ASCP teleconference

Periodic: 1.5 hours each

Hospital or Blood Center

Distinguished Speaker Series

Approximately quarterly

Blood Center

Clinical Pathology Rounds

 

 

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Faculty

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