Department of Pathology Residency Program

Transfusion Medicine Rotation

Length: one 2-month rotation initially. During the senior “Acting Medical Director” (AMD) rotation, the resident is strongly encouraged to choose Blood Bank as one of the months of “Acting Medical Director.” Regardless of whether or not Blood Bank is chosen, the AMD will take two weeks of United Blood Services call during the three month AMD rotation.

Blood banking is the heart of the Transfusion Medicine rotation. This specialty also includes blood collection, testing, and appropriate use of blood products, as well as therapeutic apheresis, stem cell collection and transplantation, tissue typing, blood substitutes, coagulation concentrates, and tissue banking. A trip to one of our Intensive Care Units or the operating room to consult on a critically bleeding patient is not unusual. All specialties are touched upon, especially Medicine and Surgery. From before birth to after death and all ages in between, the transfusion medicine physician is consulted. The transfusion medicine physician helps support our Level I Trauma Center, the Children’s Hospital of New Mexico, the National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Research and Treatment Center, and our statewide thrombophilia/hemophilia program. The residents are actively involved with consultations in all aspects of transfusion medicine and coagulation throughout the state of New Mexico and adjacent referral areas. The resident will spend most of their time as part of the Transfusion Medicine service at the University Hospital, but will also rotate though theTriCore Reference Laboratories Special Coagulation Laboratory, and United Blood Services, our blood center that provides therapeutic apheresis as well as collects, prepares, and supplies most of the blood products used in New Mexico, portions of Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. A heavy emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of running a transfusion service, including using evidence-based medicine to inform transfusion policy and managing quality operations in the laboratory. Residents are encouraged to rotate through Transfusion Medicine a second time during one of their senior clinical pathology electives.

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