Obsessed with Helping You Learn Blood Banking
Let’s Be Honest…
Learning blood banking/transfusion medicine is scary! When you get started, you are overwhelmed by facts, regulations, and intimidating abbreviations like “FDA” and “AABB.” It’s easy to feel like you are in over your head.
I’ve been right where you are, and found my way out. Since then, I’ve helped guide learners just like you through the intimidating stuff toward mastery of this field. My name is Joe Chaffin, and I’m a transfusion medicine physician and teacher. For over 20 years, I’ve taught blood banking essentials to tens of thousands all around the world. I would love to help you, too!
It’s easy get lost in the jungle of BB/TM information!
Joe Chaffin, MD
I’m here to help you find your way to mastery of the essentials.
Is This Site For You?
I started BBGuy.org in 1998 primarily to teach pathology residents. Today, the site exists to help anyone who wants to learn the essentials of blood banking and transfusion medicine. My teaching includes humor, occasional irreverence, and clear communication to highlight your path to understanding complex topics.
Blood Bank Guy?
Long ago, I would overhear attendees at my lectures say things like, “What time does the blood bank guy start lecturing?” or “Who is the blood bank guy again?” In fact, many years ago, while riding in a hotel elevator, I heard one lecture attendee who did not realize I was with her ask a fellow attendee, “Why the heck are we going down to listen to the *%$#*! blood bank guy?” It just made sense to christen my new site “Blood Bank Guy.”
Credentials (if you care about that kind of thing!):
- Board-certified Anatomic/Clinical Pathologist
- Board-certified specialist in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
- Transfusion Medicine lecturer, Osler Pathology Review Course, 1987-2016
- Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, LifeStream Blood Bank, San Bernardino, CA
Dr. Chaffin’s guidance is one of the primary reasons that I pursued a career in transfusion medicine. His systematic approach to education as well as his easily digestible and animated presentations made learning the basics of blood banking an enjoyable and pain-free process.Yao Ma, MD
Before training with Dr. Chaffin, I could ‘get by’ memorizing answers; however, after spending time with him, I actually understood why those answers were correct. I walked out of my CP board exam knowing I aced the transfusion medicine portion and I credit Dr. Chaffin for this 100%!Elizabeth Moschiano, MD
As a practicing blood banker, I still rely on the various learning resources Joe provides and listen to his online lectures. I can’t think of anywhere else you can learn the basics but also keep up on the latest developments in the field.Heidi Shafi, MD
Today I passed my ASCP SBB exam, with no small help from your website. From your notes to your podcasts, it has all been incredibly useful. No doubt I could not have done it without this wonderful resource!Ryan, Eastern U.S.
I so appreciate your web site. Your sense of humor and teaching style beats any conference I’ve ever been to! I tell all of my fellow blood bankers about you! Please continue to provide this awesome service!Terry in the U.S.
Dr. Chaffin really helped me to form a strong foundation of knowledge. He somehow manages to explain even the most difficult concepts in a way that makes sense to anyone, even people who don’t like blood bank!Amena Usmani, MD