Fellowship Program Director: Cathy Conry-Cantilena M.D.
The Department of Transfusion Medicine of the NIH Clinical Center offers a comprehensive two-year fellowship program in blood banking and immunohematology. This patient-oriented transfusion program provides specialized training for the hematologist and clinical pathologist. In the first year the fellow is trained in clinical and laboratory immunohematology, apheresis techniques, tissue typing, donor recruitment, blood component preparation and therapy, and bone marrow processing. Involvement in a clinical or basic research project is the essence of the second year of this program. As a focal point for the provision of blood components and specialized patient care procedures, the Department of Transfusion Medicine provides a unique opportunity for collaborative research with the various institutes at the NIH.
The first year of this program prepares the fellow in every aspect of transfusion medicine. The year begins with a two-month formal rotation through the major functional areas of the department, where the trainee is exposed to the primary components of transfusion medicine and immunohematology. Actual "hands-on" laboratory experience is supplemented with a series of lectures by the senior staff. In the latter half of the first year of training, the fellow identifies an area of research interest. It is one of the distinct advantages of the NIH that a variety of research opportunities are available.
During the second year the fellow is able to concentrate on the research project under the supervision of a member of the senior staff. The fellow has access to a state-of-the-art facility with ample laboratory space and equipment. Current research programs include investigations in:
- Transfusion-transmitted viral disease
- Development and evaluation of innovative techniques for blood cell and bone marrow collection and separation
- Applications of cellular radiolabeling techniques to studies of platelet preservation and kinetics, red cell compatibility, and leukocyte kinetics
- Molecular (DNA) tissue typing
- Blood component preservation and storage
- Therapeutic apheresis
NIH Clinical Center Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program
Apply to this program through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System. There are 2 positions available per year, and candidates should apply nine to twelve months in advance. The fellowship assignment is for two years.
The Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program is accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Pathology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The first year of training prepares the fellow for the examination in blood banking offered by the American Board of Pathology. Qualified candidates must have board certification or eligibility in internal medicine (hematology) or clinical pathology.