Looking at all angles
This residency program is designed to give you a holistic understanding of transfusion medicine in Canada. As a resident, you’ll have training opportunities that expose you to the blood manufacturing side, provided by Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and the blood bank/transfusion medicine services offered at the hospital.
The presence of a provincial blood coordinating program in Nova Scotia also presents great opportunities to conduct research and learn about the role of provincial public health authorities and Health Canada in blood transfusion services.
The academic teaching activities included in this curriculum are facilitated by the CBS national training coordinator, the national CBS chief resident, and faculty and residents from the five universities that offer this program.
Our program includes:
- a rotation at CBS Head Office in Ottawa, Ontario
- a rotation at a local CBS centre
- weekly academic half-days
- monthly videoconference and teleconference journal clubs
PGY1: After you spend your initial orientation month at the local CBS, you’ll spend:
- three months doing a rotation in Blood Transfusion Services at the QEII Health Science Centre
- one month in the Provincial Blood Coordinating Program (PBCP)
- three months at Canadian Blood Services, Halifax Centre
- one month at the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) laboratory and tissue bank
- three months doing research
PGY2: You’ll start your year with a month at the head office of CBS. After that, you’ll spend:
- four months at a local CBS centre
- one month at Pediatric Hospital Transfusion Services
- three months at the QEII Hospital Transfusion Service
- three months doing a research rotation or elective