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AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

Learn more about AABB PEP volunteer opportunities!

Mentoring Programs for Young Professionals

Looking for a fun way to get involved in AABB? AABB’s PEP Team has a Mentoring Program. This six month informal program matches experienced professionals with those who are new to the transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies fields. Expand your professional network, exchange information and ideas while building lasting friendships. Please complete and return the application to PEP@aabb.org.

For more information email our volunteer coordinator at PEP@aabb.org.

AABB HUB Fosters Active Discussions; Add Your Voice

Hot discussions on transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies have started to appear on the AABB HUB, the association’s new online forum for AABB members. AABB encourages members to subscribe to their group(s) of choice and join in the conversation. Subscribing enables members to respond to or start a thread directly from their email inbox. Begin networking and sharing ideas with colleagues around the world.  

Social Media Collaboration

If you cannot imagine a world without social media, this opportunity is for you. AABB is seeking AABB members with deep interest and expertise in social media to help the association offer insightful content and resources via its social media platforms. Contact us for the chance to collaborate with AABB!

 Join the AABB Board, Committees and Sections

Participate in an AABB Committee or Subsection to learn about the exciting fields of transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular Therapies. Make an impact in the blood banking and transfusion fields while networking with fellow professionals.

Enroll in a Committee

Our committee volunteers help ensure that the information and knowledge that we share with the membership, public and media is timely and accurate. If you are interested in serving on one of our committees, please complete the Committee Volunteer Form.

Enroll in a Section

To stay up to date on the latest happenings within your field, enroll in the Cellular Therapies or Transfusion Medicine section. 

Transfusion Medicine Section
Represent the interests of Individual Members of the AABB who are concerned with Patient Blood Management and administrative, quality/regulatory, medical, scientific and technical aspects of transfusion medicine.

Cellular Therapies Section
Assist in providing guidance to the association and its membership on critical issues relating to cellular therapies, including umbilical cord blood, regenerative medicine and somatic cells.

To learn about the current activities of the TM and CT sections, read the brand new “State of the Sections”!

Leadership - Run for Office

Consider this your invitation to help set the course of the association. Contact the chair of the AABB Nominating Committee and express your interest in being nominated. View information on how to submit your name to be considered for a Board position, or how to run as a petition candidate for the Board.

AABB Junior Committee Member

Are you an AABB Early Professional member or an individual member with less than two years of membership with looking to become more involved in the association? We are now taking applications for the 2018-2019 association year!  The AABB Junior Committee Member is a standing position on all committees and is a wonderful opportunity to:

  • gain experience while working within AABB committees.
  • contribute to important committee deliverables as identified by the AABB Board of Directors.
  • network and learn from fellow AABB committee members.
  • learn how the association develops policy and positions.
  • learn more about the operations of AABB as well.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current AABB Early Professional member, or individual member with less than two years of membership, and 
  • Have not yet served on an AABB committee, task force or working group.

If you meet the requirements apply today by completing the Committee Volunteer Form. Spaces limited to one junior member per committee. For more information contact pep@aabb.org.

 AABB Accreditation Assessor Program

Interested in becoming an AABB Assessor?

The AABB Accreditation Program promotes the highest standard of care for patients and donors in all aspects of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.  It is the intent of the program that accreditation be recognized at both a national and international level.  This is accomplished by the administration of the Assessor Program.

The AABB assessors are a vital part of the AABB Accreditation Program.  AABB Assessors are highly skilled healthcare professionals from accredited organizations.  They bring their invaluable experience, knowledge and insight to AABB facilities worldwide. 

The AABB Accreditation Assessor Program provides volunteer professional training in auditing techniques, quality program and operations, and the competitive, legal and ethical issues associated with assessments.  With this training assessors are able to evaluate a facility’s Quality and Operational systems to determine whether the service they provide is appropriate and in control.  The program provides both the assessors and the facility educational exposure to new ideas with regard to quality systems.

The AABB Accreditation Assessor Program has been granted accreditation by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua)

Interested in becoming an assessor? Review the Assessor Qualifications and Requirements documents to determine if you qualify.

 National Blood Foundation (NBF)

Established in 1983, the National Blood Foundation (NBF) is a program of AABB that serves the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies through grant making, educational offerings and industry leadership engagement and recognition. In order to carry out our mission of fueling innovation in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies for the benefit of patients and donors, NBF raises money from AABB members, both institutional and individual, corporations, foundations, and others. As AABB’s foundation, NBF is authorized to use the AABB’s 501(c)(3) status.

For over thirty years our early-career grant program has funded more than 200 investigators – many are now subject matter experts and leaders in their fields. Initiated in 2015, the Strategic Research and Education Grants Program supports initiatives that reinforce AABB’s mission and projects are identified by the AABB Board of Directors. Initial grants generated professional education resources in cellular therapies and supported research and data collection activities within donor hemovigilance and patient blood management.

NBF Board and Committee Nominations

The NBF is governed by a Board of Trustees and works in conjunction with the NBF Research and Education Trust Board of Trustees to carry out the NBF mission. Under Board guidance, the NBF Strategic Programming Committee (SPC) annually develops NBF’s strategic program offerings and industry opportunities. The NBF can use your leadership in any one of these capacities. Please read the role descriptions and complete the nomination form to be considered for a board or committee position.

NBF Event Volunteers

In addition to our grant programs, the NBF supports transfusion medicine and cellular therapies by hosting various educational meetings and special events throughout the year. These events are possible due to terrific on site volunteer support. We are always looking for volunteers and can use your help! All volunteers will receive information and any necessary minimal training. Please consider volunteering some time at one of NBF’s special events. It is a great way to meet colleagues and support AABB.

To become involved in NBF’s special events and be added to our volunteer list, please complete this volunteer form and email it to nbf@aabb.org.

 PEP Events and Activities at Annual Meeting!!!

4th Annual PEP Welcome Happy Hour 

October 14 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel - Sauciety
Meet old friends and make new ones at the PEP Welcome Happy Hour!  This event is open to members currently involved with PEP and those who are interested in getting involved!

5th Annual PEP Member Mingle 

October 15 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel – Bulfinch Room
This ready-set-go style of networking allows members to meet other actively engaged members, giving them the opportunity to learn more about volunteering with AABB in the following areas: Board of Directors, committee members, assessors, mentoring program, sections and more. Join us for an hour of networking, idea sharing and some great surprises along the way.

PEP First-Timers and Veterans Program

Are you an Annual Meeting First-Timer, interested in learning from an experienced AABB Member and having a friendly-face in the crowd?

Or maybe you are an experienced Annual Meeting Veteran, eager to show a first-time attendee all the AABB Annual Meeting has to offer? Contact PEP@aabb.org to get involved in the Program today!

 Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights

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.

Our PEP 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 PEP@aabb.org.

Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on
Patrick Ooley, MS, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OE

Patrick Ooley, MS, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OESenior Corporate Director, Quality for Vitalant

How long have you been an AABB member?

I think I became an AABB in 1988 or 1989 but was well aware of AABB prior to that dating back to my Medical Technology internship. I still have my Technical Manual from the mid-80’s! (It was smaller then!).

My first AABB Annual Meeting was in Kansas City (probably 1988 or 1989). I was in awe of the scope and offerings. The AABB Technical Manual and Standards were real! I knew I needed to be a part of the association in some capacity.

What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?

I have been blessed to be connected to great leaders in the industry and great staff at AABB who have enabled me to become involved in a number of AABB activities. I am currently the Chair of the BBTS standards committee (outgoing actually). I have worked with standards in a variety of capacities over the past several years – several editions ago. I also have worked on the Accreditation Program Committee (my first role was to help transform the former I&A program into the accreditation program). Other groups include the COI task force, bacterial contamination work group, Standards Program Committee, Fundamental Standards Committee, International Variance Committee, Annual Meeting Education Committee, and the Abstracts Committee. I am also an assessor.

Through Standards committee I have been fortunate to speak on AABB telecons, at the annual meetings and most recently via an ecast/podcast. AABB works hard to get informant out to its members – I am glad to be a part of that.

What motivates you to volunteer?

The principle motivator is the great feeling you get when you are able to roll up your sleeves and get to work to help transform, develop and guide others. I am motivated to improve what we do to help ensure the safety of donors and the patients we serve. Added to that is the opportunity to listen to members – individual and institutional and be a conduit to have voices heard. It is rewarding to me to improve what the AABB does and offers for the benefit of our 3 populations: donors, patients and members.

How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?

AABB has had an amazing impact. My involvement has helped me to not only improve my work and develop my career but also form invaluable connections. I have crossed paths with innumerable great thought leaders, quality gurus, and transfusion medicine experts that it is humbling. And from each I have learned something – whether a new way to look at a process or concept or a new idea that changes how our industry works. These different perspectives bring value to our industry – and helped me shape my views. A side benefit has been to really get to know the AABB staff – the behind the scenes work at the national office – from the accreditation process, planning the annual meeting or setting standards. (Special Shout Out to the Standards department! Our standards take a long journey to become final!)

What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?

I’ve learned much; however, some of the more significant learnings are to listen, learn and step-up. Listen to others that you have an opportunity to work with or to become engaged with through the volunteer process. Hear their thoughts and ideas and build on them. Take what you learn, add your own experiences and ideas and then step forward. Don’t be afraid to be on a team or committee. And when you do – speak up! A committee, work group, task force or team is an active entity – all voices count – including yours!

What is a fun fact you would like people to know?

Outside of work I have two favorite “D’s” – Disney (World, Land, etc it does matter! My family and I are Disneyphiles. Disney has a lot of application to what we do.) And the second D: “Depeche Mode”. DM is an alternative / electronic music group from England. Depeche was popular in the 80’s/90’s but still creates music today. Nothing beats DM after a difficult day!

For more information email PEP@aabb.org.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Member Engagement at the 2014 Annual Meeting