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AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

Learn more about AABB PEP volunteer opportunities!

Mentoring Programs for Young Professionals

Looking for a fun way to get involved in AABB? AABB’s PEP Team has a Mentoring Program. This six month informal program matches experienced professionals with those who are new to the transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies fields. Expand your professional network, exchange information and ideas while building lasting friendships. Please complete and return the application to PEP@aabb.org.

For more information email our volunteer coordinator at PEP@aabb.org.

AABB HUB Fosters Active Discussions; Add Your Voice

Hot discussions on transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies have started to appear on the AABB HUB, the association’s new online forum for AABB members. AABB encourages members to subscribe to their group(s) of choice and join in the conversation. Subscribing enables members to respond to or start a thread directly from their email inbox. Begin networking and sharing ideas with colleagues around the world.  

Social Media Collaboration

If you cannot imagine a world without social media, this opportunity is for you. AABB is seeking AABB members with deep interest and expertise in social media to help the association offer insightful content and resources via its social media platforms. Contact us for the chance to collaborate with AABB!

 Join the AABB Board, Committees and Sections

Participate in an AABB Committee or Subsection to learn about the exciting fields of transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies. Make an impact in the blood banking and transfusion fields while networking with fellow professionals.

Enroll in a Committee

Our committee volunteers help ensure that the information and knowledge that we share with the membership, public and media is timely and accurate. If you are interested in serving on one of our committees, please complete the Committee Volunteer Form.

Enroll in a Section

To stay up to date on the latest happenings within your field, enroll in the Cellular Therapies or Transfusion Medicine section. 

Transfusion Medicine Section
Represent the interests of Individual Members of the AABB who are concerned with Patient Blood Management and administrative, quality/regulatory, medical, scientific and technical aspects of transfusion medicine.

Cellular Therapies Section
Assist in providing guidance to the association and its membership on critical issues relating to cellular therapies, including umbilical cord blood, regenerative medicine and somatic cells.

 

Leadership - Run for Office

Consider this your invitation to help set the course of the association. Contact the chair of the AABB Nominating Committee and express your interest in being nominated. View information on how to submit your name to be considered for a Board position, or how to run as a petition candidate for the Board.

AABB Junior Committee Member

Are you an AABB Early Professional member or an individual member with less than two years of membership with looking to become more involved in the association? We are now taking applications for the 2020-2021 association year!  The AABB Junior Committee Member is a standing position on all committees and is a wonderful opportunity to:

  • gain experience while working within AABB committees.
  • contribute to important committee deliverables as identified by the AABB Board of Directors.
  • network and learn from fellow AABB committee members.
  • learn how the association develops policy and positions.
  • learn more about the operations of AABB as well.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current AABB Early Professional member, or individual member with less than two years of membership, and 
  • Have not yet served on an AABB committee, task force or working group.

If you meet the requirements apply today by completing the Committee Volunteer Form. Spaces limited to one junior member per committee. For more information contact pep@aabb.org.

 AABB Accreditation Assessor Program

Interested in becoming an AABB Assessor?

The AABB Accreditation Program promotes the highest standard of care for patients and donors in all aspects of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.  It is the intent of the program that accreditation be recognized at both a national and international level.  This is accomplished by the administration of the Assessor Program.

The AABB assessors are a vital part of the AABB Accreditation Program.  AABB Assessors are highly skilled healthcare professionals from accredited organizations.  They bring their invaluable experience, knowledge and insight to AABB facilities worldwide. 

The AABB Accreditation Assessor Program provides volunteer professional training in auditing techniques, quality program and operations, and the competitive, legal and ethical issues associated with assessments.  With this training assessors are able to evaluate a facility’s Quality and Operational systems to determine whether the service they provide is appropriate and in control.  The program provides both the assessors and the facility educational exposure to new ideas with regard to quality systems.

The AABB Accreditation Assessor Program has been granted accreditation by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua)

Interested in becoming an assessor? Review the Assessor Qualifications and Requirements documents to determine if you qualify.

 National Blood Foundation (NBF)

Established in 1983, the National Blood Foundation (NBF) is a program of AABB that serves the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies through grant making, educational offerings and industry leadership engagement and recognition. In order to carry out our mission of fueling innovation in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies for the benefit of patients and donors, NBF raises money from AABB members, both institutional and individual, corporations, foundations, and others. As AABB’s foundation, NBF is authorized to use the AABB’s 501(c)(3) status.

For over thirty years our early-career grant program has funded more than 200 investigators – many are now subject matter experts and leaders in their fields. Initiated in 2015, the Strategic Research and Education Grants Program supports initiatives that reinforce AABB’s mission and projects are identified by the AABB Board of Directors. Initial grants generated professional education resources in cellular therapies and supported research and data collection activities within donor hemovigilance and patient blood management.

NBF Board and Committee Nominations

The NBF is governed by a Board of Trustees and works in conjunction with the NBF Research and Education Trust Board of Trustees to carry out the NBF mission. Under Board guidance, the NBF Strategic Programming Committee (SPC) annually develops NBF’s strategic program offerings and industry opportunities. The NBF can use your leadership in any one of these capacities. Please read the role descriptions and complete the nomination form to be considered for a board or committee position.

NBF Event Volunteers

In addition to our grant programs, the NBF supports transfusion medicine and cellular therapies by hosting various educational meetings and special events throughout the year. These events are possible due to terrific on-site volunteer support. We are always looking for volunteers and can use your help! All volunteers will receive information and any necessary minimal training. Please consider volunteering some time at one of NBF’s special events. It is a great way to meet colleagues and support AABB.

To become involved in NBF’s special events and be added to our volunteer list, please email nbf@aabb.org.

 PEP Rising Star/Shining Star Awards Program

The AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is excited to announce the new recipients of Rising Star/Shining Star Awards! These bimonthly awards recognize two members of the association who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to PEP’s various volunteer opportunities. Below are the two recipients:

PEP Shining Star Awardee: Phyllis Haines

Phyllis Haines

Phyllis Haines
Donor Testing Laboratory Director
National Blood Testing Cooperative
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc.

“I started my volunteer position on the AABB Coding and Reimbursement committee in 2015 as a junior committee member. Through the years, I have gained so much knowledge with this committee. The PEP mentor program is something new to me but I love it and I can’t imagine not being a part of this program! I have a great relationship with my mentee and she routinely challenges me with her questions and intuitive insight.”

PEP Rising Star Awardee: Danielle Mullins

Danielle Mullins

Danielle Mullins
Supervisor
Immunohematology Reference Laboratory

"My advice to anyone thinking of becoming a part of one of the many AABB programs would be to do it! Participating in the PEP mentoring program, as a mentee, has been a truly enriching and fulfilling experience. It has helped me grow as a new leader and forged a new connection that I wouldn’t have had the ability to make on my own. In addition, volunteering as a junior committee member has introduced me to so many amazing blood bank professionals and allowed me to have a hand in generating programs and content that all members can benefit from. I am very thankful for opportunities that I have been so fortunate to be a part of.”

If you would like information about this initiative or the various volunteer opportunities that PEP has to offer, please contact PEP@aabb.org.

 Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights

Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights

Exciting news! AABB’s Professional Engagement Program will be showcasing all of the great work our members do for AABB and the world at large.

Our PEP Volunteer Spotlight will consist of a short Q&A with one of our members published each month in AABB News. Our members play an integral role here at AABB and we want to share their accomplishments.

Member Highlights can be any volunteer accomplishment directly involved with AABB and will change as new highlights are added. These highlights may range from publications, committee work, webinars and everything in between!

We are currently soliciting names of individuals to showcase for the coming year in either our Volunteer Spotlight or a Member Highlight capacities. If you or a fellow AABB member are interested, please email us at PEP@aabb.org.

Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on
Georgia Spanos

Georgia SpanosLead Medical Technologist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida

How long have you been an AABB member?

I joined AABB in 2016 right before I attended my first conference in Orlando, Fl.

What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?

I’ve been a member of PEP for two years. My first year I was a mentee and this year I am the proud mentor of an awesome blood banker based in Canada.

What motivates you to volunteer?

When I first started off in the Blood Bank industry almost 10 years ago, I was unsure if this field would be the right one for me, but I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who loved this field wholeheartedly. Those people who took the extra time to expose me and teach me the intricate details of this field, from the psychology that goes behind a blood donation to the complicated workups that lead to exciting and rare antibodies and every little detail in between is what motivates me. Volunteering is my way of saying thank you to all the people who guided me, motivated me and inspired me to love and excel in this field. It’s easy to take what we do for granted, and my hope is that, by volunteering I can help inspire someone to love this field as much as I do and to realize how utterly amazing this field truly is.

How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?

As a blood banker in a hospital it can be so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day challenges of your routine work that you lose sight of the field as a whole. Volunteering motivates me and engages me to continue growing and understanding the industry trends and needs. By volunteering with AABB, I keep an open and engaged mind to the challenges and successes of the field. Volunteering has also helped expand my network and allows me the opportunity to connect with others who I may have never crossed paths with otherwise.

What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?

By volunteering with AABB I have learned how many incredible people there are in this industry, in the US and internationally-and knowing them has encouraged me to continue growing, expanding my knowledge and network in this field-I have also learned how important it is to encourage anyone who shows any passion in this field to always pursue more and challenge themselves routinely. My advice to anyone interested in volunteering is to just do it! I know it’s cliché but you’ll always wish you had done more sooner and you’ll never look back and regret having done it. There is so much to learn in this field and the sooner you volunteer-the longer you have being apart of this amazing organization.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Athens, Greece but if I have to settle for one of the beautiful Greek islands instead, than I guess it’s a sacrifice I’d be willing to make.

For more information email PEP@aabb.org.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Member Engagement at the 2014 Annual Meeting