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Transfus Apher Sci. 2017 Feb;56(1):1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.transci.2016.12.004. Epub 2016 Dec 29.

Apheresis Medicine education in the United States of America: State of the discipline.

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Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, United States. Electronic address: monibea@uw.edu.
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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States.
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Transfusion and Apheresis Medicine Services, Department of Pathology, Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA, United States.
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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI, United States.
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Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY, United States.
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Department of Pathology, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, Springfield, MA, United States.
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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States.
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Departments of Pediatrics and Pathology, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, United States; Department of Coagulation, Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, Chantilly, VA, United States.
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Bloodworks Northwest, Seattle, WA, United States.
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Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Abstract

Apheresis Medicine is a medical discipline that involves a variety of procedures (based on the targeted component to be removed or collected), indications (therapeutic vs. donation), and personnel (operators, management, and medical oversight). Apheresis services are accredited and/or regulated by a number of agencies and organizations. Given the complexity and the heterogeneity of apheresis services, it has been particularly challenging to formulate educational goals and define curriculums that easily cover all aspects of Apheresis Medicine. This review summarizes the current state of the discipline in the United States of America, and some of the challenges, strategies, and resources that Apheresis Medicine educators have used to ensure that Apheresis Medicine educational programs meet the health care needs of the relevant population within regulatory and accrediting entity frameworks.

KEYWORDS:

Apheresis medical education; Curriculum; Milestones; Training programs

PMID:
28089411
DOI:
10.1016/j.transci.2016.12.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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