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Electives - Pathology
Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine
Elective Number: 2307 (arranged)
Rotation Supervisors: Dr. James Gorham
Rotation Coordinator: Kim Knotts
Duration: 2 weeks
Available: Email Kim Knotts or Dr. Gorham to arrange/schedule
Report to: Blood Bank
Time to Report: 9:30 am
Place to Report: Blood Bank
Typical day: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: 2
Course Description: The student will participate in the consultative activities of the Blood Bank / Transfusion Medicine Service (BBTMS) including investigation of transfusion reactions, immunohematology problems, and blood component therapy. The student will have the opportunity to learn about the collection, preparation, processing, and storage of blood and blood components, pretransfusion testing, red cell/platelet alloantibody and autoantibody identification, and other specialized laboratory evaluations. Learning occurs through a blend of interactive teaching sessions, daily rounds, handling cases under supervision from fellows and residents, and at the bench time with highly skilled blood bank technologists.