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AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

Learn more about AABB PEP volunteer opportunities!

Apply to be on an AABB Committee in 2018-19

AABB Committees are a vital link to the success of the association! Our committees and
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 for the 2018-2019 Association year, please complete the Committee Volunteer Form by January 31st, 2018. You can complete this form at any time during the year, and your information will be kept on file for three years. AABB also recommends that those interested in serving on a committee should contact the current chair of the committee to introduce themselves, establish the existence of a vacancy, and describe their expertise.

Additionally, committees are in search of qualified Junior Committee Members to fill standing positions on all AABB committees! Eligible members must be a current AABB Early Career member, or individual member with less than two years of membership who have not yet served on an AABB committee, task force or working group. Apply by January 31, 2018 through the Committee Volunteer Form and select “Junior Committee Member” in the contact information.

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 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 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 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.

 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: Vasiliki Kalodimou, MSc, PhD

 

Vasiliki Kalodimou, MSc,PhD
Director at Flow Cytometry
Research & Regenerative Medicine Department
IASO Maternity & Research Hospital, Athens Greece

“AABB offers a wide guide of resources and services for cellular therapy professionals and covers all the fields from product development to regenerative therapy. Is the most valuable partner you could have by your side in order to help you achieve your goals or support your professional growth. AABB support my research and teach me how to bring safe stem cells/regenerative cellular therapy solution to the rest of the world.

My experience for AABB volunteering could be described only as amazing. I had the opportunity to collaborate with people from all over the world and help them achieve their goals. The PEP mentoring program of AABB is a powerful tool between scientist and people they had just started their scientific career and need a helping hand to the right direction, to the correct information or just a moral support to their professional growth.

At last I would like to add the opportunities for international collaborations and innovative project ideas through the program. Thank you AABB!!!”

 PEP Rising Star Awardee: Emese Molnar, MD

Emese Molnar, MD
Hungarian National Blood Transfusion Service

"My participation in the AABB Mentoring Program has granted me a professional prospective and boosted my confidence thanks to the very stimulating international environment.
Alongside with the daily clinical routine, I have obtained research experience and ambition to share my results with academia. The program has inspired me to start a Ph.D. program and build up a professional network for future cooperation and publishing our scientific results. I am grateful for this opportunity and for those who have supported me."

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
Mona Dilbeck

Technical Director, Blood Assurance in Chattanooga, TN for 40 years

How long have you been an AABB member?

I’ve been a member for over thirty years. It was too long ago and I’m too old to remember exactly when I joined!

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

I’ve been a donor center assessor for many years. I was also a part of the CDC/AABB team that went to Guyana to train the blood center staff. I went back a second time to help the lab staff with viral testing and blood banking. I’ve also co-published AABB articles.

What motivates you to volunteer?

I think it helps you gain perspective that you aren’t alone in our rapidly changing industry.

How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?

I learn something everywhere I go. I love learning how other centers do their jobs. You meet many interesting people and gain invaluable contacts.

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

When in Guyana, I realized how lucky we are to be able to obtain reagents and equipment that we need for our job. They had to improvise based on what was available. I would encourage everybody to spread their wings and volunteer – you will gain so much.

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

I travel a lot! I have two grandchildren that live in the Bahamas so that has increased my traveling. Strange thing is that I also lived with my family in Nassau for the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades when my father’s work took us there. Now my daughter lives there so that’s two generations of Georgia girls who’ve ended up in the Bahamas!

For more information email PEP@aabb.org.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Member Engagement at the 2014 Annual Meeting