Utilize all relevant information resources to acquire and evaluate evidence-based information. Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating and presenting findings from appropriate peer-reviewed journals.
Develop and maintain a knowledge base in the basic and clinical sciences necessary for effective consultation in laboratory medicine.
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge to determine clinically optimal yet cost-effective testing and laboratory-based therapeutic strategies, including issues of turnaround time, test menu construction, and in-house vs. referral diagnostic testing.
Employ mathematics and statistics as appropriate to laboratory testing; understand and implement quality control (QC) and quality assurance procedures as required.
Recognize the unique aspects of laboratory medicine practice as modified by patient age and other patient population characteristics, especially aspects of pediatric and geriatric practice.
Demonstrate awareness and understanding of general and test-specific standards for method development and evaluation, such as those promulgated by the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI; formerly NCCLS), CAP, and similar organizations.
Demonstrate awareness and understanding of proficiency programs, such as those provided by CAP and similar organizations.
Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of clinical research design, implementation, and interpretation. Understand the various levels of evidence in medicine and their translation into evidence-based practice.
Be able to design a study that can be used to validate methodologies and parameters of clinical utility for the implementation and continuing use of new evidence-based analytes in the local setting.
Demonstrate understanding of and ability to interpret major regulations and guidelines that are applicable to collection, processing, storage, and release of blood and other cellular therapeutic products.
Participation in at least one research project, such as clinicopathologic studies, or case reports with literature review for each senior rotation (PGY3-4 levels).
Demonstrate familiarity with the clinical presentations and manifestations of various diseases diagnosed during work-up of abnormal pre-transfusion tests (such as cold agglutinins, antibody formation) and/or treated with blood component therapy (such as neonatal transfusions for hemolytic disease of the newborn), and therapeutic apheresis (such as TTP).