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Training Sites

A range of experience

Although training sites may vary depending on the residency training program you’re enrolled in, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to gain experience within a broad spectrum of environments, from hospitals to blood clinics across the Maritimes.

Training sites

Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax

The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre is home to two sites: the Halifax Infirmary and the Victoria General Hospital. Conveniently located within walking distance of the Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, the complex includes a total of 1,125 inpatient beds, outpatient services, emergency laboratory services and a blood transfusion service.

The QEII’s hospital transfusion service is the referral tertiary and quaternary care centre for the Maritime Provinces, and is fully accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks. The Maritime Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing and tissue banks are also located here.

IWK Health Centre, Halifax

Any practical requirements relating to pediatrics or maternity care will be fulfilled at the IWK Health Centre for Children, Women and Families. The hospital features 280 pediatric beds, 111 obstetrical beds and 124 bassinets.

Located just one block away from the QEII Hospital, the IWK is the main referral hospital for pediatric and obstetric cases from across the Maritime Provinces, and provides all prenatal testing for the provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John

The Saint John Regional Hospital is both the largest tertiary hospital in New Brunswick and the primary health referral centre for the area. This site also offers autologous stem cell therapy and a stem cell processing laboratory.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is a non-academic community hospital with a variety of services, including:

  • emergency care
  • ambulatory care
  • outpatient services
  • surgical services
  • stroke care
  • rehabilitation services
  • general medicine

Canadian Blood Services

Our transfusion pathology residency relies heavily on our partnership with Canadian Blood Services (CBS). Their donor-testing laboratory tests all donor samples from the four Atlantic Provinces, and their main collection and processing site is just a 10-minute walk from the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. The Halifax CBS offers

  • whole blood collection
  • apheresis plasma and platelet collections
  • autologous and directed donation programs

Plus, residents in the Transfusion Pathology program will spend time working in the Canadian Blood Services Head Office in Ottawa.