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Citation Information : Immunohematology. Volume 36, Issue 1, Pages 7-13, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/immunohematology-2020-036
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Published Online: 17-February-2021
Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) programs play an important role in preparing technologists to become leaders and contributors to the field of transfusion medicine through dedicated education and training. The SBB program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center has graduated 55 students since 1994 with an overall pass rate of 96 percent for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) SBB examination. Graduates hold positions in a variety of transfusion medicine–related fields, with hospitals, blood centers, and Immunohematology Reference Laboratories being the most common categories of employer. Projects completed as part of the program added to transfusion medicine knowledge as evidenced by publications and awards. Almost half of all projects completed led to publications (49%), and greater than 50 percent of submissions have been selected for the AABB Future Leaders Scholarship (previously known as AABB Fenwal Scholarship Award). The students have completed over 40 program value-added opportunities. This information was available for retrieval and review. In this review, we analyzed data for the last 25 years from the SBB program at the NIH Clinical Center on program statistics, student accomplishments (such as publications in peer-reviewed journals), program value-added opportunities (such as other publications and audits performed with our Quality Assurance office), and job procurement. The collected, reviewed, and organized data provided a useful internal self-assessment to review the history of our program and head into the future.