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Transfusion Medicine Fellowship (Minnesota)


Program description

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a one-year Transfusion Medicine Fellowship that includes extensive clinical and laboratory experience in all aspects of blood banking and transfusion medicine. The fellowship, which accepts up to two trainees per academic year, provides complete "vein to vein" exposure in the setting of a structured curriculum and dedicated teaching staff.

The Division of Transfusion Medicine supports solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant programs; an active cellular therapy and regenerative medicine program; a Level I Trauma Center; high-risk neonatal and obstetrical programs; and large and diverse medical and surgical practices. It has a large intraoperative autotransfusion service and one of the busiest therapeutic apheresis services in North America.

During your training, you are exposed to the entire spectrum of transfusion medicine, including:

  • Donor recruitment, collection and counseling
  • Red cell and platelet compatibility testing
  • Advanced red cell serology in an AABB Accredited Immunohematology Reference Laboratory
  • Blood component production and modification
  • Hematopoietic progenitor cell processing
  • Cellular therapy manufacturing and regenerative medicine
  • Therapeutic and donor apheresis
  • Allogeneic and autologous adult and pediatric stem cell collection
  • Histocompatibility testing
  • Donor infectious disease testing
  • Acute normovolemic hemodilution, intraoperative cell salvage, and platelet-rich plasma and platelet gel
  • Supervised clinical consultation
  • Quality, accreditation and regulatory activities
  • Operations, administration, finance and personnel management
  • Clinical and basic science research opportunities

This fellowship prepares you for a career in a major academic center, community or hospital blood bank or as a research investigator in transfusion medicine.


The Transfusion Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for up to two training positions.


When you successfully complete the Transfusion Medicine Fellowship, you meet the certification requirements and are eligible to take the subspecialty board examination in blood banking/transfusion medicine from the American Board of Pathology.

Program history

The Transfusion Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic began in 1973. Since that time, more than 45 fellows have completed the fellowship.