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For Immediate Release
June 21, 2010 
Jennifer Garfinkel

 TRANSFUSION Journal Relaunches CME Credit Program; Offers Access to All Past Issues 


Bethesda, Md. – TRANSFUSION, the foremost publication in the world for new information regarding transfusion medicine and the official peer-reviewed journal of AABB, is again offering continuing medical education (CME) credits for reading select articles in the journal.  In addition, publisher Wiley-Blackwell recently made available all back issues of the journal in digital form, providing a new and complimentary resource to AABB members and nonmember subscribers. These initiatives come at a time when the publication is marking its 50th anniversary.

Wiley-Blackwell, a continuing education provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, is offering CME credits to physicians for reading select articles in TRANSFUSION and successfully completing a test on the content. Each month, one article will be selected, and learning objectives, test questions and correct answers will be developed by leaders in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapy.

“The articles selected for CME will rotate among the major subjects covered in TRANSFUSION to foster continuous participation,” said journal Editor Paul M. Ness, MD. “By making this commitment to CME, TRANSFUSION and AABB hope to support the dedication of physicians to lifelong learning.”

The first article for which CME credits will be offered, “Duration of Red Blood Cell Storage and Survival of Transfused Patients,” appears in the June issue. Physicians interested in completing the exam should log on to www.wileyblackwellcme.com. The program is free to subscribers of the journal. Upon successfully finishing the activity, physicians will receive an electronic certificate of completion, which can be printed and saved online under the user’s profile.

“After completing each activity, physicians participating in the CME program should be able to discuss scientific and medical advances in transfusion medicine and cellular therapy and describe evidence-based recommendations that affect patient or donor care,” said TRANSFUSION CME Associate Editor Anne Eder, MD, PhD. “Each activity will remain available for two years after the original publication date.”

In addition to the CME program, Wiley-Blackwell and AABB have made available in digital form all back issues of the journal dating to January 1961, when the publication originated. The legacy PDFs also have been packaged for purchase by libraries as a perpetual resource. 

TRANSFUSION is the foremost publication in the world for new information regarding transfusion medicine. Written by and for members of AABB and other health-care workers, TRANSFUSION reports on the latest technical advances, discusses opposing viewpoints regarding controversial issues and presents key conference proceedings. In addition to blood banking and transfusion medicine topics, TRANSFUSION presents submissions concerning tissue transplantation and hematopoietic, cellular, and gene therapies. TRANSFUSION is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of AABB. For more information, please visit www.transfusion.org.

About AABB
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.  The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of nearly 2,000 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries. For more information, please visit www.aabb.org.



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