Transfusion Medicine

TRANSFUSION MEDICINE AFC PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Length: 1-2 years
Session Dates: July 1 - June 30
Program Structure: Series of hospital  and CBS based rotations
Evaluation Methods: In-training assessments, training portfolio
Certification: Diploma of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Accreditation: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Program Director: Dr. Wendy Lau


Program Structure

The fellowship provides training in:
  • the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of immunohematology, apheresis, histocompatibility, and related molecular biology and biotechnology
  • management of the medical laboratory and blood centre, including quality, safety and regulatory aspects
  • ensuring the appropriate use of blood
  • ensuring the adequacy of supply for the blood system
  • supervising the provision of a safe and effective blood supply 
  • supervising the banking and provision of cell therapy products and human tissues for transplantation purposes 
  • engaging governments, other physicians and other health professionals in Transfusion Medicine
  • advancing the discipline through basic scientific and clinically applied research 
With focus in these areas:
  • the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of immunohematology, apheresis, histocompatibility, and related molecular biology and biotechnology
  • management of the medical laboratory and blood centre, including quality, safety and regulatory aspects 
  • ensure the appropriate use of blood
  • ensure the adequacy of blood for the blood system
  • supervise the provision of a safe and effective blood supply
  • supervise the banking and provision of cell therapy products and human tissues for transplantation purposes
  • engage governments, other physicians and other health professionals in transfusion medicine
  • the advancement of the discipline through basic scientific and clinically applied research
Supported through:
  • >120,000 whole blood donations, >6000 apheresis donations per year
  • >350,000 blood products transfused per year
  • >50,000 red cell antibody investigation cases per year
  • >700 transfusion reaction investigations per year
  • >400 bone marrow transplants 
  • >700 solid organ transplants per year
Assessment of performance:
  • Complex transfusion cases
  • Antibody lab reports
  • In-training examinations (written, oral)
  • Documented training assignments (consultation, quality projects etc.)
  • Documented contribution to clinical and educational rounds/seminars
  • Evidence of scholarly activity
Graduates are expected to submit their completed training portfolio to the RCPSC for assessment and, if successful, will obtain a diploma in official recognition of their subspecialty training.

Applying to the Program

Eligibility Requirements
The Area of Focused Competence (AFC) trainee must have Royal College certification in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Pediatrics, Hematological Pathology, Anesthesiology or General Pathology, or enrolment in a Royal College accredited residency program in these areas (see requirements for these qualifications). All AFC trainees must be certified in their primary specialty in order to be eligible for the Royal College certification portfolio in Transfusion Medicine.
 
Funding
Funding is supported  by Canadian Blood Services. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for funding.
 

Application Process for Canadians
Application Deadline for July Start: December 1 of the prior year (for example, December 1, 2017 application deadline for July 2018 start date).

 
Submit applications via email to:
Dr. Wendy Lau
Director, Transfusion Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children
AFC Diploma Program Director, Transfusion Medicine
University of Toronto
 

Application Process for International Applicants

Please visit the fellowship section of our website for application instructions.