New York Blood Center Enterprises (NYBCe) is proud to inspire the next generation of leaders in transfusion medicine and blood banking through educational opportunities like the Essentials of Transfusion Medicine Webinar Series (ETMWS). After a successful 2021 series, we’re proud to announce that the virtual course is returning this year!

Registration is now ophttps://www.nybce.org/education-resources/essentials-of-transfusion-medicine-webinar-series-information/en for ETMWS and, although lectures have already begun, you can still sign up to attend the live webinars. Don’t miss out! Let’s take a look at what attendees can expect.

What Was Covered at the Essentials of Transfusion Medicine Webinar Series 2021?

For years, the New York Blood Center offered an in-person, week-long course on transfusion medicine and blood banking practices. When the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of our 2020 program, we decided to revise the curriculum and go virtual. The 2021 Essentials of Transfusion Medicine Webinar Series was a successful pilot for this new format.

The 2021 ETMWS was divided into five blocks, with every block focusing on a different transfusion medicine-related topic. These included:

  • Block 1: Donors, Collection & Processing
  • Block 2: Immunohematology/Genomics
  • Block 3: Transfusion Support
  • Block 4: Hemostasis
  • Block 5: Convalescent Plasma, Cell Therapy & Apheresis

Each block featured leading experts in the field, and the level of instruction ranged from basic to intermediate.

We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the 2021 ETMWS and are looking forward to another engaging series in 2022!

Two Tracks: Essentials & Beyond Essentials

In order to accommodate the diverse educational needs of the transfusion medicine community, this year, we are offering two different tracks of the ETMWS.

The first track is called the “Essentials” track and is offered on Tuesdays at 3pm EST/ 2pm CST. This track is designed for individuals who are new to the field of blood banking and transfusion medicine such as students, blood bank technologists, nurses, and residents.

The “Beyond Essentials” track is designed for those who already have a solid grasp on the fundamentals of blood banking and transfusion medicine.  The “Beyond Essentials” track takes place on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm EST/ 2pm CST.

Individuals may register for and attend webinars in one or both tracks. For those who are unavailable during the live webinars, recordings are available online for up to a month following the live webinar.

ETMWS Topics Covered This Year

This year, we will improve the Essentials of Transfusion Medicine Webinar Series by offering an even wider array of transfusion medicine topics.

The “Essentials” Track continues to feature topics related to the fundamentals of transfusion medicine, including donor testing, immunohematology, indications for transfusion, coagulation, cell therapy, and apheresis.  The “Beyond Essentials” Track offers a deeper dive into these topics, with complex case studies and the latest research.

The Target Audience

Anyone who is interested in a comprehensive overview of transfusion medicine and blood banking can benefit from the 2022 Essentials of Transfusion Medicine Webinar Series. Students of clinical laboratory science, nurses, residents, fellows, attending physicians, and medical laboratory technologists alike can benefit from attending this virtual webinar series!

Important Details About the Series

The Essentials of Transfusion Medicine Webinar Series is free to attend. However, if you would like to make a gift to help us continue to offer educational opportunities like ETMWS, then we encourage you to donate online.

Furthermore, participants can receive P.A.C.E. credit from this webinar series. After a webinar ends, we will invite you to fill out an evaluation form. Once submitted, you will receive your P.A.C.E. certificate via email.

Register Now for ETMWS 2022!

We’re excited to begin the 2022 Essentials of Transfusion Medicine Webinar Series!  Registration is now open, so we encourage you to sign up and reserve your spot! Don’t miss out on this opportunity for free continuing education in blood banking and transfusion medicine delivered by experts in the field!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for additional courses, videos, and recordings, we encourage you to visit our NYBCe Education Resources page.