Training Program Description
BSRI has a dual mission in education and research, and therefore has training programs that are both clinical and research based, local and international in character:
The Herbert Perkins Transfusion Medicine Fellowship: This ACGME approved program is co-sponsored by UCSF and BCP/BSRI. Directed by Dr. Suchitra Pandey, the program has trained over 50 clinical fellows during the last three decades. For more information including application requirements and instructions, please see http://labmed.ucsf.edu/education/fellowship/fs-transfusion.html
International Training in Transfusion Medicine: This program directed by Dr. Edward Murphy of BSRI and UCSF provides training to blood bank professionals from other countries in a critical effort to prevent the transmission of infectious agents internationally. Research-training courses in clinical research methodologies applicable to blood safety are held in San Francisco and in home countries (Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, France).
Summer Internships: This program offers four to six 8- to 10-week paid internships for undergraduate students interested in active laboratory research in one of the labs at BSRI.
Research Training Program in Transfusion Medicine and Human Cellular Therapy: This joint BSRI-UCSF program accepts applications from people with MD, PhD or combined MD, PhD for a minimum of two years postdoctoral research training. It is intended as a path to advanced skills and a career in scientific research. Under the guidance of a mentor, postdoctoral trainees conduct collaborative and independent research. The training program is specifically intended to target research in areas that fall within BSRI’s mission:
"To seek new knowledge through scientific research which will aid the worldwide Transfusion Medicine community in achieving a supply of blood, tissue and transfusable products, which is adequate, safe and effective for patients."
You are also expected to give presentations at one or more scientific meetings each year. You should give a practice presentation to the BSRI scientific community prior to the actual scientific meeting. At the meeting you should try to interact as much as possible with other scientists working on your topic.