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AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

Learn more about AABB PEP volunteer opportunities!

Call for Junior Committee Members 

Are you an AABB Early Career member or an individual member with less than two years of membership looking to become more involved in the association? We are now taking junior committee member applications for the 2017-2018 association year!  If you meet the requirements, apply today by completing the Committee Volunteer Form. For more information contact pep@aabb.org.

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. We are not accepting applications at this time.

 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: Robert Wenk, MD
   

Robert Wenk, MD
Retired
Baltimore, MD

“I have been a member of AABB for over 40 years and have served in many voluntary positions.  I have coauthored a dozen scientific papers in TRANSFUSION, served as a Reviewer for dozens more and presented posters at local and national meetings.  I trained and served as an assessor for both hospital transfusion services and for relationship testing laboratories. 

During my professional career as a blood banker, I became interested in the use of blood groups for paternity testing.  When I became medical director of the Baltimore RH Typing Laboratory, which offered blood group and HLA paternity tests, AABB provided an forum to discuss cases at its annual national meeting. Those discussions prompted me to learn more about human heredity and molecular biology so I attended graduate school and obtained a Master’s degree in Human Genetics. Relationship Testing has become my lifelong hobby. 

When I retired from the practice of Laboratory and Transfusion Medicine, I volunteered to serve on AABB's Relationship Testing Accreditation Program Unit (RTAPU).  AABB accepted my application and then asked me to serve as Chairman of the RTAPU.  In that capacity, so far, I helped to write Newsletters and audio conferences and delivered two lectures.  As liaison to the RT Standards Program Unit (RTSPU), In that capacity, I contributed to the last two editions of Standards for RT Laboratories and their accompanying Accreditation Information Manuals.  One of my duties is to review  applications for accreditation of RT labs.  My reviews indicated that applicant directors are highly qualified in genetics and molecular biology, but are less knowledgeable about the statistics used to demonstrate blood relationships.  The mathematics, which developed when blood groups provided genetic markers for relationship testing, was well known to old timers like me, so I plan to write an up-to-date book explaining the genetic logic and mathematics of relationship testing. 

I find all my voluntary activities for AABB both intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding.”  

PEP Rising Star Awardee: Yen-Michael Sheng Hsu, MD, PHD

Yen-Michael Sheng Hsu, MD, PHD
Assistant Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapy
Weill Cornell Medical College St.

“Over the past few years, I have further grown and matured professionally through my participations in the professional societies, such as AABB. From serving on various committees and subcommittees, I have been able to widen my networking and to acquire many revered mentors who have helped me in advancing my career. The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) was especially instrumental for me to be integrated in the AABB community early on. It has been a great privilege to be a part of this AABB community and I look forward to making future contributions in this organization. Thank you!”

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 Patricia Carey, MD (Chris)

Patricia Carey, MD Patricia Carey, MD, Medical Director and Division Director, Clinical Services, Hoxworth Blood Center; Professor, Clinical, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Cincinnati.

How long have you been an AABB member?

33-34 years.

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

Most recently I have served on the HPC-DHQ Task Force as chair, a member of the IRL-APU unit, and as a liaison on the HPC-COI Task Force. In the past I have been part of Scientific Section subcommittees involving hemotherapy, pediatric transfusion and TM education.

What motivates you to volunteer?

I like the opportunity to meet other people and work with them to address problems common to those managing patient services or donor services.

How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?

It has created a vibrant network of educators and peers and leaders. Volunteering has provided a broader foundation for inquiry and learning and teaching. This enables me in improve the lives of patients and donors I serve.

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

Be a person on a mission. Use volunteering as a way to create a structure to make that mission viable and fulfilling. The work we do is more than a job. AABB is a network of knowledgeable, caring professionals and the national staff are extremely supportive in this work. If you are interested in volunteering, do it. So you think you are too young? There are opportunities for junior members. Think you are too old? Go exploring in the list of numerous opportunities for volunteering in the organization and get involved. Not able to make a national meeting? No problem. Many working groups are managed through periodic conference calls.

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

I love to sing and dance. It’s all about the music.

For more information email PEP@aabb.org.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Member Engagement at the 2014 Annual Meeting