Transfusion Medicine

The Fellowship Program in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Alberta is tailored to the needs of the individual fellow. The Alberta Health Services - Edmonton Zone Transfusion Medicine service is the largest zonal transfusion service served by Canadian Blood Services. There is a broad scope of reference immunohematology and clinical transfusion medicine support for a wide variety of clinical specialties including pediatric and adult hematology /oncology, solid organ transplant, critical care, obstetrics/ gynecology, trauma, and cardiovascular surgery. For the typical fellow involved in the program, there will be rotations through the reference blood bank, rapid response laboratories and Canadian Blood Services. There may be additional opportunity for involvement with specialty clinics in both adult and pediatric hemostasis management. During the one year, program the fellow will be exposed to work up of a wide variety of transfusion medicine activities.

The faculty within the division of Transfusion Medicine, our laboratory scientists and technical staff will provide expertise in all aspects of transfusion medicine. Fellows are supervised, in rotation, by all participating staff and faculty members in order to get the benefit of the subspecialty expertise that is available in the region, and be exposed to different points of view. They will participate in clinical consulting activities and teaching activities in which the transfusion services provides. Fellows will also participate in the teaching programs of the University during which they may supervise residents, undergraduate medical students and medical laboratory science students. Clinical research is also a requirement and time allotment is provided.

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