Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights
Exciting news! AABB’s Professional Engagement Program will be showcasing all of the great work our members do for AABB and the world at large.
Volunteer Spotlight will consist of a short Q&A with one of our members published each month in AABB News. Our members play an integral role here at AABB and we want to share their accomplishments.
Member Highlights can be any volunteer accomplishment directly involved with AABB and will change as new highlights are added. These highlights may range from publications, committee work, webinars and everything in between!
We are currently soliciting names of individuals to showcase for the coming year in either our Volunteer Spotlight or a Member Highlight capacities. If you or a fellow AABB member are interested, please email us at
Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on
Saikat Mandal, MBBS
Junior Resident (Academic), Department of Transfusion Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India
How long have you been an AABB member?
Around 1 1/2 years.
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
AABB Mentoring Program as a mentee and Membership Committee as a junior committee member starting this past January.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Transfusion medicine evolved to fill a need for communication between clinical medicine and
public health awareness. Moreover, in India, the branch is still in a nascent stage and transfusion practices are still in a primitive phase. Getting involved in the activities of AABB — one of the highest bodies of transfusion medicine — was a dream for me. And I feel that this opportunity is not only guiding me in developing my career in this field but that it will also help improve the transfusion practices in my country by involving more young professionals in this field.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
Since getting involved in this volunteer work, I have gained significant knowledge in this field through discussions and by working with my mentors and colleagues. I have also made new friends in my network, both in India and abroad. Working with these senior colleagues and friends is really the experience of a lifetime.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
Working together for a great cause is more than just volunteering; there is a significant opportunity to learn, too.
My advice: Join early, work together and learn more.
What is your favorite genre of music?
Just rock music!
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