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AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

Learn more about AABB PEP volunteer opportunities!

AABB Committees Have Openings for 2019-2020

Committees are vital to the success of AABB. The association's committees and volunteers help ensure the information and knowledge it shares with the membership, public and media are timely and accurate.

Members who are interested in serving on a committee during the 2019-2020 association year may apply by completing the Committee Volunteer Form by Feb. 15. AABB will keep the information on file for three years. AABB also recommends that those interested in serving on a committee contact the current chair of the committee to introduce themselves, confirm there is a vacancy and describe their expertise.

Additionally, all AABB committees seek qualified junior committee members to fill standing positions. To be eligible, applicants must be a current AABB early-career member or an individual member with fewer than two years of membership who has not yet served on an AABB committee, task force or working group. AABB encourages interested members to complete the Committee Volunteer Form, selecting “Junior Committee Member” in the contact information. The application deadline is Feb. 15.

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 2018-2019 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 complete this volunteer form and email it to 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: Jeanne Hendrickson, MD

Jeanne Hendrickson, MD

Jeanne Hendrickson, MD
Associate Professor,
Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pediatrics,
Yale University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Apheresis
Associate Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine

“It has been a true privilege serving as the Chair of the National Blood Foundation Grants Review Committee. Supporting the next generation of researchers is vital to the future of our field, and I feel fortunate to have played a role in guiding the National Blood Foundation to selecting the most promising early-stage investigator proposals to fund. As I pass the torch to the incoming Chair, Jim Gorham, I can reassure him that the position is (almost!) easy because of the expertise, dedication, and friendship of the grant reviewers, not to mention the sage guidance and patience of the Director of the National Blood Foundation, Amy Quiggins. I’d like to thank the reviewers and Amy for everything, and to wish them all the best during the 2020 review cycle.”

PEP Rising Star Awardee: Andrea Ho, MD

Michael Gannett, MLS(ASCP), SBB

Andrea Ho, MD
2018-2019 Transfusion Medicine Fellow
University of Colorado Hospital and School of Medicine

"I am honored to be a junior member of the Donor History Task Force Committee. My fellow committee members and I are tasked with reviewing and making recommendations regarding the AABB Donor History screening questionnaire. Our goal is to modify the current questionnaire and implement new guidelines for additional donor screening. Our focus is to make the questionnaire clear, concise, and easy to understand. It is a very rewarding experience knowing that our committee's suggestions will help to guide the FDA as well as national and international blood donor centers regarding donor guidelines, with the ultimate goal of providing the safest and highest quality blood products.

I was very excited to attend the 2018 AABB Annual Meeting in Boston and be present at the annual Donor History Task Force Committee meeting. I was humbled by the many talented, well-renowned transfusion medicine committee members. It was a true honor to be a part of this influential meeting.”

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
Dana Bostic, MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Dana Bostic, MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMAssistant Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, The University of Kansas Medical Center

How long have you been an AABB member?

I have been an AABB member since 2017.

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

Continuing Education Advisory Committee, Junior Committee Member

What motivates you to volunteer?

One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reads “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” As laboratory professionals, we have a duty to our society and to our colleagues. Volunteerism gives us a voice in our profession and allows us an opportunity to give back to our profession. To whom much is given, much is expected in return and I want to honor this charge to the fullest of my capability. I am motivated by the mission of our profession to save lives [everyday] and committed to advocating for the role of laboratory professionals on the healthcare team. Through volunteerism, I am able to gain more visibility for not just myself but for the profession that I represent on a daily basis.

How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?

Serving as an AABB volunteer has introduced me to other members of our healthcare team. My network has expanded quite exponentially and I have grown as a blood bank professional.

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

I have learned that I need to volunteer more! There are so many moving pieces within our profession. Serving as a volunteer allows you a glimpse of the moving parts and makes you more aware of the current trends in transfusion medicine. If someone is interested in volunteering, I say do it! It is never too late (or too early) to get started. I wish I would have started much earlier on in my career. If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

What is your favorite genre of music?

I love all kinds of music! My childhood was filled with sounds of mariachi music from the neighborhood, blaring rock music from the neighbors, plus R&B music in our own household. Music is the universal language that brings us all together.

For more information email PEP@aabb.org.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Member Engagement at the 2014 Annual Meeting