ASBP: Curriculum - Program training in all phases of blood banking
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The Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) Fellowship Program provides comprehensive training in all phases of blood banking. It is a 52-week course that includes both didactic and clinical curricula. Courses are conducted at George Washington University and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). Additional information is available on the following:

Didactic Curriculum
Clinical Curriculum
Masters Degree Program

The didactic curriculum of the SBB Fellowship Program covers all the theoretical concepts and specialized knowledge of blood banking. A four-week intensive introductory lecture series is given at the beginning of the program, consisting of a chapter review of the AABB Technical Manual. After the first month, lectures are conducted once a week on specific subjects such as:
  • Group Systems
  • Hematology
  • Coagulation
  • Blood banking methodology
  • Blood donor qualifications
  • Collection and storage of blood for transfusion
  • Immune destruction of red cells
  • Circulation
  • Shock
  • Composition and function of blood
  • Anemias
  • Platelet disorders
  • Disorders of leucopoiesis
  • Leukocyte and platelet blood groups
  • Blood component therapy
  • Transfusion practices
  • The history of blood banking
  • Contingency blood management
Lectures are given by SBB Fellowship Program staff, health professionals, and subject matter experts from WRNMMC, the National Institutes of Health and other organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.