Transfusion Medicine Clinical Fellowship Program -
Clinical and Research Training

Mission Statement
Environmental Description
Clinical and Research Training
Training Objectives and Duties

The primary purpose of the fellowship year is to train the fellow to become an expert clinical consultant in transfusion medicine and laboratory 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 fellowship year to take advantage of the rich and varied clinical material to which the fellow is exposed.

The clinical experience is heavily focused on the tertiary/quaternary hospital based transfusion service at UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The fellow participates in the day to day management of the transfusion service with an attending physician to review all transfusion related problems, including transfusion reactions, serological problems, support of adult and pediatric organ and stem cell transplant recipients, etc. They also perform, under supervision, routine laboratory procedures related to blood banking. A portion of each day is devoted to study of laboratory coagulation at ITxM reviewing and interpreting coagulation tests with an attending.

The fellowship year includes training in a blood center environment at Central Blood Bank Fellows are introduced to all aspects of blood collection and processing, including donor recruitment, donor interviewing, donor testing procedures, blood processing, storage and labeling, donor counseling, quality assurance programs, and donor apheresis. Fellows are also exposed to the diagnosis and management of patients with inherited coagulopathies such as hemophilia and von Willebrands disease at the Hemophilia center of Western Pennsylania an affiliate of ITxM. Lastly fellows are exposed to stem cell collection and processing through the therapeutic apheresis service and Hematopoietic Stem Cell processing laboratory. Clinical research or applied laboratory based research opportunities exist in virtually all areas.