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Transfusion Pathology

Saving lives

The Transfusion Pathology Residency Training Program is a subspecialty program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

As a resident, you’ll learn to record, investigate and manage adverse reactions associated with transfusion episodes so that they occur in a safe and appropriate manner. You’ll also gain expertise relating to the long-term preservation of human tissues stored for transplantation purposes.

This residency training program, in collaboration with Canadian Blood Services (CBS), will provide you with important knowledge pertaining to the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of:

  • immunohematology
  • apheresis
  • immunogenetics
  • histocompatibility

Our program will also help you better understand aspects of:

  • molecular biology
  • biotechnology
  • administration
  • medico-legal applications

Program goals

By the time you complete the training program, you will:

  • be able to assume a role as a consultant in transfusion medicine
  • know how to manage a hospital blood transfusion service
  • be equipped to offer medical support and manage a blood collection centre
  • have a working knowledge of the theoretical basis of transfusion medicine, including its foundation in related medical sciences and research
  • possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes related to age, gender, culture and ethnicity pertinent to transfusion medicine
  • understand the integral role of Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and the eligibility of candidates from various postgraduate residency streams, including:
    • adult hematology
    • pediatric hematology
    • general pathology
    • hematological pathology
    • anesthesia

Are you eligible?

If you’ve completed a Canadian residency in adult hematology, pediatric hematology, general pathology, hematological pathology or anesthesia, you are eligible to apply for the Transfusion Medicine Residency Program.

Find out more about the Transfusion Pathology Resident Training Program curriculum.