Transfusion Medicine is a core 3-month rotation for Clinical Pathology residents. In addition, 1-month elective rotations are available for Clinical Pathology residents and fellows in Hematology/Oncology. The major teaching venues include:
- Blood bank serology work-ups (with lead technologists and medical director)
- Transfusion reaction investigations (bedside and in the blood bank).
- Clinical consulting rounds
- Therapeutic apheresis rounds (inpatient and outpatient)
- Blood donor management (Blood Donor Center)
Our major academic conference is a weekly Clinical Serology Conference (Wednesday 3-4 PM, blood bank conference room) where case presentations, often based on abnormal findings at the blood bank bench, relate laboratory findings to their clinical correlates. Trainees who rotate on our service are tasked with assembling cases for discussion, usually based on clinical material encountered during the prior week. The conference is also attended by blood bank staff who lend technical expertise to the discussions. In this manner, attendees of the conference increase their knowledge of both clinical transfusion medicine and laboratory immunohematology.