Transfusion Medicine Fellowship

The Fellowship Program in Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking jointly run by BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) draws upon the combined resources of the BCW and its Blood Research Institute, MCW, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Aurora Hospital System.

Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital is a 400-bed level 1 trauma center with programs in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, high-risk obstetrics, solid organ transplantation, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and neuromuscular disorders, giving the fellow experience in the management of varied transfusion and apheresis issues. Children’s Hospital Of Wisconsin is a 300-bed tertiary care pediatric hospital and level 1 trauma center with programs in cardiac, hematopoietic stem cell and renal transplantation, oncology, sickle cell disease, and hemophilia. Additional experience is available through the transfusion services of the Aurora health care system, including a quaternary care hospital that specializes in cardiothoracic surgery, a maternity hospital and several community hospitals, where there are 80,000 transfusions and 2500 serologic work-ups per year. BCW also has a thriving therapeutic apheresis program, including newer programs in extracorporeal photopheresis and lipid apheresis.

This ACGME-accredited 1-year clinical and research program offers extensive experience in the hospital Transfusion Service, Blood Center and Diagnostic Referral Laboratory areas. It provides training in blood center and transfusion service operation and therapeutic apheresis. At the end of this year the fellow will be board-eligible in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking.

The fellow is required to pursue a clinical, translational or basic science research project in the first year that can be further developed during an optional second year of research as junior faculty.

Rowena Punzalan, MD
Program Director