Coagulation Pathology Fellowship

Clinical and Research Training

The primary purpose of the fellowship is to train the fellow to become an expert clinical consultant in the field of coagulation, as well as a qualified technical consultant in the development, evaluation, and interpretation of laboratory assays and techniques used in these areas. Clinical research is strongly encouraged during the year, taking advantage of the rich and varied clinical materials that are available.

The clinical experience is heavily focused on the tertiary hospital- based service at UPMC facilities - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, The Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania, and the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Clinic at ITxM.

The fellow will participate in the day-to-day evaluation and management of patients with complex coagulation disorders. They are exposed to the diagnosis and management of patients with inherited coagulopathies such as hemophilia and von Willebrand's disease at the Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania. They will see patients in the outpatient Hemostasis and Thrombosis Clinic at ITxM and Pediatric Coagulation Clinic at Children's Hospital, as well as seeing patients with acute coagulation disorders in the in-patient setting at UPMC facilities. Fellows will spend time in the coagulation laboratory at ITxM reviewing and interpreting coagulation test results with an attending, and lastly, fellows are exposed to the therapeutic apheresis service with specific focus on the management of patients with TTP. Clinical research or applied laboratory based research opportunities exist in virtually all areas.

Participation in the transfusion service to review all transfusion related issues, including transfusion reactions, serological problems, support of adult and pediatric organ and stem cell transplant recipients etc. is available and encouraged.