Transfusion Medicine Fellowship
The Marie M. Keeling Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center is a one-year program integrating academic and community medical centers with one blood center. The affiliated teaching hospitals support cardiopulmonary surgery, solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, trauma service, neonatal and pediatric programs, and an HLA laboratory. Approximately 60,000 blood components are transfused in the affiliated teaching hospitals each year. The fellow spends the initial months of training at the American Red Cross Blood Services, River Valley Region, in each of the collection and component manufacturing areas including compliance/regulatory. The blood center collects over 130,000 whole blood and 9,000 apheresis donations, and maintains an accredited immunohematology reference laboratory. Opportunity is provided to observe donor infectious disease testing in the ARCBS National Testing Lab, St. Louis . The remaining training time is divided in the specialized areas of peripheral stem cell and bone marrow transplantation (adult/pediatric), HLA laboratory, and transfusion services of the affiliated hospitals (Norton, Kosair-Children's, Jewish, and University). Research opportunities are available in transfusion medicine and related disciplines. The training program provides the necessary experience to develop the expertise in transfusion medicine for medical director duties in a community blood center or hospital transfusion service.
Candidates must be certified, or eligible for certification by the American Board of Pathology in clinical pathology or other appropriate major clinical specialty Board. Candidate must have completed Step 3 of the USMLE. The program begins each July 1. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 31 of the previous year.