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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 unveiled a new 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 Career 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 2016-2017 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 Career 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. If so submit an Assessor Application to apply.

 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 complete this volunteer form and email it to nbf@aabb.org.

 PEP Rising Star/Shining Star Awards Program

The AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP) Rising Star/Shining Star Awards Program is a bimonthly initiative that recognizes two members of the association who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to PEP’s various volunteer opportunities. Below are the two most recent recipients:

PEP Shining Star Awardee: Ljiljana Vasovic, MD

Ljiljana Vasovic, MD
Associate Director of Cellular Therapy
Assistant Director of Transfusion Medicine
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus

"Mentoring is a great opportunity to cultivate creative and lasting professional relationship. I benefited from the wisdom of great mentors and it was my time to pay it forward. For those that have benefited from a great relationship with a mentor, it offers way to give back to trainees or to the community. Inclination to share one’s knowledge and experience is a gift that continues to give. Often, both the mentee and mentor benefit as it fosters relationship building, problem solving, and listening skills. A pleasure is even greater if you have a very talented mentee that is blooming. Thank you AABB PEP for providing me with this opportunity."

 

PEP Rising Star Awardee: Ryan Pyles, MLT

Ryan Pyles, MLT
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center

"I began volunteering with the AABB approximately 2 years ago through the PEP program as a mentee. During my time as a mentee I was fortunate enough to receive expert instruction from several mentors covering a range of topics. As a direct result of participation in the PEP program I have grown my professional network and joined the AABB's Pediatric Transfusion Medicine Subsection. I have enjoyed my experiences greatly and would encourage others to join the PEP program as well."

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 Magali Fontaine, MD, PhD

Magali Fontaine, MD, PhD Magali Fontaine, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Transfusion Services at University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland.

How long have you been an AABB member?

I have been an AABB member since 2000.

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

While an AABB member, I first served on the Cellular Therapy (CT) Standards Committee for 3 years and subsequently served as the Chair of that same committee for the following 3 years. Since 2013, I have been serving on the CT Section Coordinating Committee, and currently as the Chair on the Novel Cellular Therapies and Product Development Subsection for the AABB. More recently I had the privilege of serving as the chair of the CT Education Program Unit Committee, which developed the first e-learning based program on cellular therapies. In my spare time, I also serve on the AABB Scientific Program Committee and Abstract Review Committee.

What motivates you to volunteer?

My research and clinical expertise lies at the intersection of transfusion medicine and transplantation, in the emerging field of cellular therapy. By serving on AABB committees I can network, exchange research ideas and establish collaborations.

How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?

My experience from serving on these committees and subtask force has helped me to identify knowledge and regulatory gaps that need to be filled for novel cellular therapies to succeed.

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

I have learned how important it is to learn to work in teams, which is a skill so important nowadays in basic science and clinical research.

What is a fun fact you would like people to know?

I love children, I would be an elementary school teacher if I had an opportunity to hold a second career.

For more information email PEP@aabb.org.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Member Engagement at the 2014 Annual Meeting