Blood Patient Lab

Our fully accredited Transfusion Medicine fellowship in Sacramento, California provides a rich clinical experience in Transfusion Medicine at two outstanding training sites.  A flexible research month is dedicated to scholarly work in a field of particular interest to the fellow; this may involve clinical translational studies, apheresis, immunohematology, informatics, quality assurance, regenerative medicine, HLA, blood donors, medical education or international blood banking. Teaching others is an essential skill for the Transfusion Medicine physician and our program presents many opportunities for formal and informal presentations to residents, medical students, nursing staff and clinical laboratory scientists.  Affiliations with The Center for Regenerative Cures and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine provide even more opportunities for innovative work.

Types and Numbers of Appointments: Fully Accredited, 1 year appointment

Fellowship Director: Carol Marshall, M.D.

UC Davis Medical Center (www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu):  The transfusion medicine fellow is an integral part of  the UCDMC transfusion service which uses 35,000 blood products, transfuses 6500 patients, and performs 400 apheresis procedures including therapeutics and stem cell collections. Rotation in coagulation is also included during which the fellow explores automated coagulation testing and performs real-time clinical consultations in a lab with 1400 consultations per year.

Fast facts about the UCDMC include:

  • 619-bed academic medical center.
  • Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only Level I pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; the UC Davis Children's Hospital; and a world-renowned Telehealth network, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care.
  • Awards and recognition:  One of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the U.S., an advanced user of the Epic electronic medical record with certification at HIMSS Level 7, an accomplishment shared by the top 1.9% of hospitals; recognition by the Leapfrog Group as a “Top Hospital” for delivery of high-quality care.

BloodSource (www.bloodsource.org):  Training at this site offers an in-depth experience in a donor center that collects and processes 142K RBC and 71K plateletpheresis products per year. Rotations are also provided in BloodSource’s HLA and Immunohematology Reference Lab allow a detailed exploration of leukocyte immunology and immunohematology.

Fast facts about BloodSource include:

  • A 60+ year tradition of excellence as an internationally respected, state-of-the-art blood collection and processing center that serves over 40 hospitals in 26 counties throughout Central and Northern California, as well as  the nation and the world with innovative technology and exceptional customer service.
  • BloodSource Laboratories develops solutions for highly-specialized patient needs, such as their new HLA-Screened Products.

   Transfusion Fellowship Goals and Objectives  (PDF link)

We plan to train Transfusion Medicine physicians who will be leaders capable of ensuring the most effective treatments, the safest transfusions and the most sophisticated cellular therapies. Our goals, stated in the context of the ACGME competency areas, are:

Competency Major Goals Specific Example(s)
Patient care Understand the management of transfusion medicine and cellular therapy issues in diverse patient populations Recognize the symptoms and signs of hemolytic and non-hemolytic transfusion reactions
Medical Knowledge Know  the scientific  and medical principles that guide current transfusion and cellular therapy Demonstrate knowledge of the indications for CMV safe or irradiated blood components
Practice-Based Learning and Teaching Demonstrate process for ongoing acquisition of transfusion medicine and cellular therapy knowledge & skills Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating patients requiring apheresis procedures, keep abreast of new indications as published by ASFA Special issue
Interpersonal and Communication Skills Develop a good working relationship with other physicians, health care professionals, as well as patients and donors Write appropriate Blood Bank Consultations that communicate the patient’s problem(s) and the plan for transfusion therapy
Professionalism Demonstrate respect, compassion, and integrity to patients, families, and health professional colleagues Demonstrate familiarity with ethical issues in BB and TM (e.g., confidentiality, HIV testing, and the patient’s right to refuse transfusion)
Systems-Based Practice Work within  the medical system to provide optimal care Participate in blood utilization review and quality assurance


Applicants may come from residencies in Pathology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology & certain other disciplines as defined by the American Board of Pathology. Pathology applicants should have completed either a combined AP/CP residency or a CP residency.


Completed applications consist of the following and must include all gaps of time regardless of professional or personal: CV/Resume/CAP standardized form; personal statement; three letters of recommendation (one must be from your Residency Program Director), please address to Carol Marshall, M.D., Director,  Transfusion Medicine Fellowship; and letter of interest or intent.

  APC and CAP fellowship application guidelines  (PDF link)

Please send applications to:

Anna R. Gutierrez
Resident and Fellow Physician Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology
UC Davis Medical Center
4400 V Street, PATH Building
Sacramento, CA 95817
E-mail: argutierrez@ucdavis.edu

These deadlines may be flexible, please inquire about current status.

December 1
(19 months before matriculation)
Receipt of CV or Standardized Form
January 1
(18 months before matriculation)
Receipt of Letters of Recommendation
February 28th
(16 months before matriculation)
Completion of Interviews
March 1st
(16 months before matriculation)
Issuance of Offers