LAMP 7184: Introduction to Transfusion Therapy

Course Availability:   2017-2018   2018-2019

General Information

Course Director:  Dr. Andrew Johnson,

Course Coordinator:  Bobbie Gibson (612) 273-5026


MS Year:  MS3 or MS4

Periods offered:  All periods

Total credits (weeks):  4

Consent requirement:  No

Patient care:  No

Clinical site(s):  Students will primarily be at:

  • FU: D251 Mayo Memorial Building, Fairview University Medical Center, Harvard Street at East River Road, Minneaoplis, MN 55455

Students may also rotate:

  • Cell therapy lab, 1900 Fitch Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
  • Clinic and Surgery Center, 909 Fulton St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Required session attendance:  

Typical weekly schedule:  M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm.  No night or weekend assignments.


Required or Elective:  Elective

Limited to student type:  No

Prerequisites:  None

Course equivalency:  None

Open to visiting students:  Yes


Discipline(s):  Lab Medicine & Pathology

Description:  The student will address transfusion problems in patients with red cell, white cell, and platelet antibodies and coagulopathy. The student will learn adverse effects associated with transfusion therapy such as disease transmission and transfusion reactions. The student will observe and may do the following: blood typing, identification of unexpected antibodies, evaluation of transfusion reactions, and compatibility testing. The student will follow patients receiving transfusions, evaluate appropriateness of component therapy, and assist in daily consultation about transfusion problems. The student will assist in taking care of patients needing plasma exchanges, red cell exchanges and photopheresis. The student will assist in supervising stem cell collections and infusions.

Course objectives:  By the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

  • define composition of and indications for transfusion of various blood components;
  • observe basic laboratory techniques used to evaluate blood transfusion compatibility and reactions;
  • identify current clinical education for appropriate transfusion of red cells, platelets and plasma
  • observe basic and advanced use of therapeutic apheresis to treat disease (plasma exchange, red cell exchange, leukapheresis, photopheresis).


Graded components:

  • Regular and timely attendance at worksites and conferences, as scheduled
  • Participation in conferences and discussions
  • Professionalism in interactions with faculty, residents, and staff
  • Supervisor evaluation of quality and delivery of end-of-rotation presentation to faculty, residents, and staff
  • Participation in transfusion reaction cases, including classification of reaction and clinical documentation

Grading scale:  H/E/S/N


An evaluation of the elective by the student will be set up in E*Value.


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