Transfusion Medicine is that area of enhanced competence concerned with all aspects of the collection, testing, preparation, storage, transportation, pre-transfusion testing, indications for, infusion and safety of human blood components and products, nonhuman alternatives and alternative products manufactured by recombinant DNA technology. These activities are undertaken in such a way that the rights of blood donors, patients and families are respected.
The transfusion medicine AFC-diploma program is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Area of Focused Competence (AFC)-diploma program. Please visit the RCPSC website for more information about the program at transfusion medicine AFC-diploma program.
Accredited university programs and their program directors are:
The role of Canadian Blood Services in the transfusion medicine AFC-diploma program is to provide funding, deliver blood-centre based training, and organize additional educational content in which all the university Programs participate.
The Canadian Blood Services component of the program is led by Dr. Matthew Yan, with the assistance of Julia Gilmore.
The partnership between Canadian Blood Services and the university programs provides a global understanding of Transfusion Medicine in Canada by exposing the trainees to both the blood manufacturing side (done by Canadian Blood Services) and the Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine services (done at the hospitals). The partnership also enables the program to overcome the unique problem of providing focused, sub-specialty training to a small number of physician trainees spread across the country.
Upon completion of training, an AFC diplomate is expected to function as a competent specialist in Transfusion Medicine, capable of an enhanced practice in this area of focused competence, within the scope of Internal Medicine, Hematology, Pediatrics, Hematological Pathology, Anesthesiology or General Pathology. The AFC trainee must acquire a working knowledge of the theoretical basis of the discipline, including its foundations in science and research, as it applies to medical practice.