Clinical Electives Program: Transfusion Medicine

Four-Week Session offered by arrangement with Education Coordinator months in advance

Completion of clerkship in Internal Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics

Rotation Coordinator:
Cathy Cantilena, M.D.

Rotation Description
The Department of Transfusion Medicine (DTM) at the NIH Clinical Center (CC) will offer one month elective rotations for 4th year medical students twice per year. It should enhance their knowledge in the discipline: to build on the basics of blood banking and gain a better understanding of blood collection, component preparation, safety and hospital-based transfusion service. The month offers experience in performing clinical consultations for CC patients with our transfusion medicine fellows, exposure to clinical and laboratory immunohematology, apheresis techniques, molecular-level  tissue typing, donor recruitment, blood component therapy, and specialized procedures such as peripheral blood stem cell processing and cellular engineering. It also offers the opportunity to attend DTM patient rounds, to participate in HCV clinic, and to attend didactic lectures and journal club.

Rotation Objectives

1. To gain familiarity with transfusion therapy
2. To develop an understanding of cellular processing
3. To gain an appreciation blood collection, availability and safety

Selection of applicants
One student is scheduled for each session during the year.


  • Cathy Cantilena, M.D., Course Coordinator
  • Karen Byrne, MT SBB,  DTM Education Coordinator
  • David F. Stroncek, M.D.
  • Harvey G. Klein, M.D.
  • Susan F. Leitman, M.D.
  • Harvey J. Alter, M.D.
  • Hahn Khuu, M.D.




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