Blood Bank Fellowship

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited University of Florida Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking Fellowship is a comprehensive one-year training program in transfusion medicine,  with the aim of Board certification and preparation for a career in academic transfusion medicine/blood banking, that begins annually on July 1. The blood bank/transfusion medicine fellowship will be a yearlong training program with emphasis on donor center activities (donor criteria, collection, processing, labelling, and storage of components), blood groups ( serologic and genetic), antibody/antigen detection and identification, compatibility testing, immune hemolytic anemia, hemolytic disease of the newborn, tissue and organ transplantation, component therapy and indications for use, adverse reactions to transfusion, apheresis ( collection and therapeutic), laboratory standards and regulations, clinical consultations (manage patients with allo-immunizations, hemoglobinopathies, coagulation factor deficiencies, perinatal, pediatric, transplantation, massive transfusion & trauma patient care) and management and direction of a transfusion service and blood center; peri-operative blood management.

Date of Next Available Position: July 1, 2024; the appointment is for one year.

Benefits: Benefits are commensurate with level of training. Visit the UF Administrative Affairs Housestaff Benefits Web page for more information.

Director: J Peter R Pelletier, MD

Co-Director: Faisal Mukhtar, MD

Faculty:

  • Gregory Olsen, MD

Additionally, fellows are expected to participate in continuing or original research and train in coagulation, cell therapy, and HLA immunology. Opportunities for research are enriched by the broad clinical and investigative interactions between our unit and the UF Departments of Anesthesia, Surgery, Divisions of adult and pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Maternal Fetal medicine.  Participation in teaching medical students and housestaff is required as well.

Mission and Aims

The overall aim of the transfusion medicine/blood banking fellowship is to provide trainees to ensure transfusions are safe, available and effective for all clinical indications, and promoting effective interventions to prevent the need for transfusion when possible. This vision is achieved through superior leadership in education, clinical care, research and service. The Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine aligns its mission and goals with the University of Florida College of Medicine. The College of Medicine strives to improve health care in Florida, our nation and the world through excellence and consistently superior leadership in education, clinical care, discovery and service.

The overall aims of the transfusion medicine fellowship are:

1. Continuous focus on patient safety through dissemination of knowledge to all clinicians, providers and health care workers utilizing transfusion medicine in the scope of care in their field.

2. Be the national leader in quality for therapies using transfusion medicine, research and developing skill sets.

3. The fellowship goal includes education leading to board certification to be a skilled and effective autonomous blood banker.

4. The fellow is able to develop special interests and abilities by selecting appropriate elective experiences in preparation for a career in clinical practice or academics.

Applicant Requirements

Successful fellowship candidates must be certification-eligible or certified in clinical or anatomic/clinical pathology, anesthesiology or internal medicine their respective board awarding specially. (i.e. American Board of Pathology, Internal Medicine or Anesthesiology). Applicants are required to have passed the first three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

For International Medical Graduates

The Department requires that all IMG applicants have valid certificates from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical GraduatesThe University of Florida supports J1 visas but does not support H1B visas.

Applications

Completed application packets are preferred to be received by December 1 of the year preceding the start of the fellowship and must include a:

Interviews for the fellowship should be completed by March 1 the year before the start of the fellowship.

For more information, contact:

J Peter R Pelletier MD
Director, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program
University of Florida College of Medicine
Department of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
P.O. Box 100275
Gainesville, FL 32610

Send completed application packets to:

Jordan A Twilley, Program Coordinator

  • Phone: 352- 273-5507
  •  Fax: 352-273.7627