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Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking Fellowship

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Fellowship Director

Associate Program Director

  • Salima Shaikh, MD

Administrative Contact

  • Vitalant Research Institute
  • 270 Masonic Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94118

The Herbert Perkins Transfusion Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program offered jointly by University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Vitalant San Francisco (formerly known as Blood Centers of the Pacific), and Vitalant Research Institute (formerly named Blood Systems Research Institute). The fellow gains experience in all aspects of blood banking and transfusion medicine by spending 6 months at one of this country’s foremost university medical centers and 4 months in one of its premier blood centers. Additional rotations provide training opportunities in therapeutic apheresis.

The UCSF rotation offers the experience of an academic multi-hospital unified transfusion service providing care to a wide variety of pediatric and adult patients and offering a wealth of complex services. UCSF has a very active hematopoietic stem cell transplant program and training in cellular therapy is also provided during the 6 months fellows spend at UCSF hospitals.

Vitalant San Francisco distributes approximately 145,000 RBC, 46,000 platelet, and 45,000 plasma units each year for hospitals in a large segment of northern California and has an AABB accredited immunohematology reference laboratory. Fellows rotate through all blood center departments, assuming increasing responsibility as they learn. Instruction is through tutorials, conferences, department meetings, and assigned reading. Fellows also have a unique opportunity to collaborate with investigators at Vitalant Research Institute (VRI), one of the country’s foremost research laboratories in transfusion medicine.


Applicants must be eligible for California medical licensure.

Candidates who meet the following qualifications at the time of appointment will be considered:

  • Board certification or board-eligibility in clinical pathology
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited fellowship in hematology
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency AND board certification in one of the following:
    • Anesthesiology
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Obstetrics and gynecology
    • Surgical specialties: Orthopaedic, neuorological, colon and rectal, plastic or thoracic surgery.

If you are an International Medical Graduate, please use the link below to navigate to the UCSF Housestaff Information Booklet. You must complete the steps provided on their web page prior to applying to any of our fellowship training programs. Please note that although obtaining a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) from the California Medical Board is not required for fellowship, obtaining a PTAL is encouraged to ensure your eligibility for a California medical license.

UCSF Housestaff Information Booklet

California Medical Board


Support is commensurate with the candidate's level of training.

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To apply, submit your curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation and a completed Standardized Pathology Fellowship Application to:

  • Vitalant Research Institute
  • 270 Masonic Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94118
  • Openings
  • 2019-2020: Filled.
  • 2020-2021: Filled.

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