About the Program
The Division of Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Pathology at UAB, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, offers a one-year fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine to prepare you fully for a career in this field. UAB Hospital is a nationally recognized tertiary care facility, with more than 1000 inpatient beds. UAB Hospital’s blood bank annually issues close to 30,000 units of leukoreduced red blood cells, 10,000 units of plasma, and 6,000 units of apheresis platelets. We provide transfusion support to patients of all ages, from newborns to adults with a variety of clinical conditions - including trauma, cardiovascular surgery and solid and stem cell transplants - which reflect UAB’s many unique patient services.

UAB Hospital is the only level I trauma center in the region and receives patients with massive injuries and/or burns from Alabama and neighboring states. The UAB Bone Marrow Transplant Program includes a 17-bed intensive care unit where nearly 100 transplants are performed each year. Each year, transfusion medicine specialists consult and oversee more than 2000 therapeutic apheresis procedures, including extracorporeal photopheresis. The fellow is also involved with day-to-day clinical problems and will provide consultations on an on-call basis for transfusion-related issues.

Donor center experience is acquired at the American Red Cross, where preparation of the diverse blood components takes place. Other areas of training offered at UAB include stem cell collection, transplantation immunogenetics, and HLA. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a major research institution, ranking among the nation’s top universities in terms of NIH funding. Many research opportunities are available both inside and outside the Department of Pathology. During the fellowship year, the fellow is expected to work on clinical research projects which will lead to scientific publications and presentations at national meetings.

The program is directed by Marisa Marques, MD, Professor of Pathology.

Requirements
Candidates should be Board-eligible or Board-certified in Clinical Pathology or other major specialty board (Anesthesiology, Medicine, Pediatrics, etc) and have an unrestricted Alabama license.

Stipends
Salary levels are commensurate with the level of post-graduate training. A professional development fund is also provided.

Applications
Submit application 12 to 18 months prior to initiation of training along with curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, including one from current program director to: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu.

Address letters of recommendation to:
George Netto, MD
Professor and Chair of Pathology
Robert and Ruth Anderson Endowed Chair in Pathology
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Pathology/Division of Anatomic Pathology
c/o: Fellowship Coordinator
619 19th Street South
HSB 149M
Birmingham, AL 35249

Additional Information
Contact Susan Mills, program coordinator
Telephone: (205) 975-3450
Fax: (205) 975-PATH
E-mail: path-apfellowship@uabmc.edu