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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. 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 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

For more information email our volunteer coordinator at

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.

To learn about the current activities of the TM and CT sections, read the brand new “State of the Sections”!

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

 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

 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: Olive Joanne Sturtevant, MHP, MT(ASCP)

Olive Joanne Sturtevant, MHP, MT(ASCP)
Administrative Director of Connell & O'Reilly Families
Cell Manipulation Core Facility
Dana Farber Cancer Institute

“Volunteering for the AABB: I’ve been a member of the AABB and hooked on being an active participant in my profession and the AABB organization for close to 40 years. Ever since I attended my first conference in NY I knew that I wanted to be involved in shaping the future of our profession. There is no better way than to gain access to cutting edge information and exposure to leaders in the field. I started my career in blood banking and transitioned to cellular therapy 18 years ago. Having been active in quality and regulatory on the blood banking side, prepared me to bring that knowledge forward to CT and help shape this new and ever changing field. My involvement in the AABB has opened many opportunities in my career and has taken me to areas that I couldn’t have imagined 40 years ago.”

 PEP Rising Star Awardee: Dr. Christian Ramirez

Dr. Christian Ramirez
Lab Chief Technician
Hospital Mexico

“Being a volunteer for the AABB has been a great opportunity to bring the organization closer to our Latin American countries where blood transfusion, inmuhohematology and cell therapies have grown significantly in recent years. I would like to invite more colleagues to get involved in the volunteer programs and enjoy the experience of sharing the values that make AABB great.”

If you would like information about this initiative or the various volunteer opportunities that PEP has to offer, please contact


AABB Hosts Twitter Chat with PEP Ambassador Sue T. Johnson

AABB hosted its inaugural Twitter chat, featuring Sue T. Johnson, MSTM, MT(ASCP)SBB, Director of Clinical Education at BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Ambassador of AABB's Professional Engagement Program (PEP), on April 5. In this #AABBPEPtalk, “Antibody Detection, All-A-Twitter,” Sue T. Johnson led a discussion on the challenges blood bankers face in antibody detection and identification. Keep an eye out for information about future chats!

 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

Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on
Mark Friedman, DO

Mark Friedman, DO Mark Friedman, DO, Associate Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine Service, Mount Sinai Health System, Associate Professor of Pathology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Program Director, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-West Pathology Residency Program

How long have you been an AABB member?

I have been an AABB member since 1996.

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

As an AABB member, I actively participate in the Annual Meeting Education and the Patient Blood Management (PBM) Education Committees. Through these committees, I engage in the planning of educational content, both live sessions for the Annual Meeting and online eCast presentations for PBM. Most recently, I have taken on the role as the liaison for the PBM Education Committee to the eLearning Committee.

What motivates you to volunteer?

Although the AABB certainly provides a wealth of information through its various educational resources, including the Annual Meeting, online content, and publications, I have found that active participation through volunteer work in the various committees provides the most rewarding experiences as an AABB member and specialist in the field of transfusion medicine. As a result, I have been able to meet and work with others who share similar interests in transfusion medicine and patient blood management. One example is that I participated in a project along with a small group of other transfusion medicine physicians, PBM program directors/managers, and transfusion safety officers in which we were assigned to visit hospital PBM programs to evaluate best practices toward establishing PBM certification. I visited three hospitals in different regions of the U.S., and it was such a great experience to see firsthand how different PBM programs operate as well as to share ideas and network. Without the AABB committees and opportunities to volunteer, I would not have been able to participate in such a unique and engaging experience.

How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?

Volunteer work in the AABB has substantially broadened my horizons as a professional. It has provided me with a broader network of professionals with whom I can interact with and share ideas. Furthermore, it has given me motivation to volunteer within other regional organizations that I belong to.

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

I have learned that although all of us are quite busy professionals, just sparing even a little bit of time for volunteer work can make a big impact; one can accomplish more by working within a larger team of other committee volunteers than working alone. I would advise others who might be thinking about volunteering though hesitant because of their busy schedule, to just go ahead and join a committee: one thing will lead to another and eventually you will find that it becomes not so overwhelming to fit in volunteer activities into your regular work schedule. Ultimately, I believe that when you will look back on your career one day in the not-so-distant future, you will realize that volunteering was one of the more satisfying commitments that you engaged in.

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

When I get a break from the busy work schedule, I enjoy family life out on Long Island with my wife, son, daughter, and Siberian Husky. I spend a lot of time watching my son’s high school ice hockey team and the NHL Islanders. I am also a lousy golfer, but I find that I can forget about all of the bad slices and hook shots into the rough or sand, lost balls, and missed putts if I can just happen to hit that one really nice, arching, 5-iron shot from about 150 yards out on the fairway squarely onto the green for an easy par putt.

For more information email

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Member Engagement at the 2014 Annual Meeting