Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Children’s is a level 1 trauma center and houses active programs in fetal surgery, cardiac surgery, and transplantation. The adjacent Pavilion for Women provides obstetric and pediatric care to unborn children and newborns. Texas Children’s has an active special coagulation laboratory and offers many specialized tests. Texas Children’s blood bank physicians are active consultants with the apheresis service that includes FACT accredited pediatric stem cell collection. Fellows actively participate in busy coagulation and blood bank laboratory sign outs and clinical consultations. Common consultative scenarios included platelet refractoriness, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, granulocyte transfusions, bleeding risk assessment, and hemostasis management.
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center houses a unique and active transfusion medicine service. Home of the Texas Heart Institute, Baylor St. Luke’s is a nationally recognized center for cardiology and cardiac surgery. The transfusion medicine physicians serve as clinical consultants to cardiac surgeons, managing intra- and postoperative bleeding in surgical patients. The trainee will utilize rapid laboratory testing to guide transfusion therapy in a massive transfusion setting and in patients with antiplatelet medications.
Common transfusion management scenarios include transfusion and coagulation management of patients on ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Baylor St. Luke’s has an active donor center and apheresis service, offering trainees a complete experience from blood collection to transfusion.
Other Hospital Rotations
There are ample opportunities for clinical research available in collaboration with other services at participating institutions. Overall, the Transfusion Medicine Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine offers comprehensive training in adult and pediatric transfusion medicine and coagulation throughout a rich mix of well renowned institutions.
Ben Taub Hospital
Ben Taub is an active level 1 trauma center and has a busy obstetrics service. Transfusion medicine fellows are afforded autonomy with regard to transfusion management, antibody identification, and inpatient apheresis.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the regional blood collection facility for much of Houston and the Texas Medical Center. Trainees spend one month exploring donor collection, donor testing, and component processing. GCRBC also houses a busy reference laboratory, and trainees are able to tackle complex serologic workups.
Houston Methodist rotation offers the trainee experience with HLA testing. Houston Methodist is a busy transplant center and HLA reference laboratory. Trainees participate in the processing and interpretations of HLA related testing (utilizing Luminex and flow cytometry technology) and attend various solid and hematopoietic transplant conferences. In addition to the HLA experience, Houston Methodist has a thriving outpatient apheresis center and is a collection site for the National Marrow Donor Registry, offering the trainee experience with peripheral blood stem cell collections.