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Transfusion Medicine Blood Banking Fellowships

Core Curriculum

The first year provides training in blood center and transfusion service operation and therapeutic apheresis. At the end of this year the fellow will be board-eligible in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking.

The fellow trains in Versiti’s internationally known diagnostic reference laboratories in Immunohematology, Platelet and Neutrophil Immunology, Hemostasis, Histocompatibility, and Molecular Diagnostics. There is also training in all aspects of blood center operations, including blood collection and processing, infectious disease testing, donor recruitment and management of adverse events, quality and regulatory, and blood management.

Hospital TrainingThe fellow receives transfusion service experience at the major teaching hospitals of MCW. 

Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital is a 400-bed level 1 trauma center with programs in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, high-risk obstetrics, solid organ transplantation, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and neuromuscular disorders, giving the fellow experience in the management of varied transfusion and apheresis issues. 

Children’s Hospital Of Wisconsin is a 300-bed tertiary care pediatric hospital and level 1 trauma center with programs in cardiac, hematopoietic stem cell and renal transplantation, oncology, sickle cell disease, and hemophilia. 

Additional experience is available through the transfusion services of the Aurora Health Care system, including a quaternary care hospital that specializes in cardiothoracic surgery, a maternity hospital, and several community hospitals, where there are 80,000 transfusions and 2500 serologic work-ups per year.

Versiti also has a thriving therapeutic apheresis program, including newer programs in extracorporeal photopheresis and lipid apheresis.

The program offers a uniquely flexible curriculum design allowing the fellow to identify a particular area of interest and spend additional time in training and research. Current training tracks include:

  • Coagulation
  • Therapeutic Apheresis
  • Pediatric Transfusion Medicine
  • Immunohematology

Core Rotations include:

  • Transfusion Service (24 weeks)
    • Froedtert Hospital
    • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
    • Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital
    • Apheresis procedures at all sites
  • Therapeutic Apheresis (2 weeks)
  • Immunohematology (4 weeks)
  • Diagnostic Labs (5 weeks)
    • Hemostasis 
    • Platelet and Neutrophil Immunology
    • Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
    • Molecular Diagnostics
    • Stem Cell Processing
  • Organ and Tissue Donation
  • Blood Center Operations and Quality (4 weeks)
    • Blood Collection and Processing
    • Donor Management
    • Donor Testing
    • Quality Management
    • Information Technology

Didactic Teaching

The fellow attends a required weekly lecture series that covers all aspects of transfusion medicine and blood banking, a monthly journal club, a monthly research talk, and a weekly Pathology clinical case conference. The fellow is also expected to participate in teaching residents, medical technologists, students, and other allied health professionals.

Research Training

The fellow will perform a research project in the first year. An optional second year as a junior faculty member is available to further pursue the research project. Medical staff from the Medical Sciences Institute at BCW, research investigators at the internationally recognized Blood Research Institute and Medical College of Wisconsin staff are available to mentor the fellow in a variety of areas of clinical, basic science and translational research. 

Mentoring

Each fellow will have a scholarship oversight committee composed of faculty who will guide the fellow's academic endeavors. 

Other Features

The fellowship is administered through the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Graduate Medical Education. Our fellow receives 3 weeks of vacation and is fully funded to attend at least one national meeting. BCW holds seminars, conferences and teleconferences on a weekly basis for the physicians and staff.

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