I’ve known Dr. Pat Kopko for over 30 years. When she and I get together, we can’t help but reminisce, and you get to listen in and hear a solid DOZEN practical “Things We Wish We Knew!”

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Dr. Pat Kopko

If I ever want to feel really old, I just think back to my first day of medical school, August 11, 1986 (at least, I think that was the date! The old guy’s memory is a bit foggy sometimes!). That was also the day I met my friend, the fabulous Dr. Pat Kopko, currently Director of Transfusion Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Through the years, Pat and I have kept in touch, and I have watched with pride as she’s become an authoritative and trusted voice in Transfusion Medicine. She’s awesome, and she still teaches me stuff to this day!

For this episode, we decided to have a conversation about the essential things we wish we would have known back when we started on our respective paths to being blood bankers. Pat and I get really, really practical, and give you tons of useful information, including tips, memory tools, and facts presented in a memorable way. This episode is one for all of you who don’t do blood banking every day: Residents, medical students, clinicians, non-blood bank pathologists, nurses, non-blood bank laboratory scientists, and anyone else who doesn’t live in our world all the time! So, pull up a chair, eavesdrop on two friends talking the “Essentials,” and enjoy!

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Pat Kopko is a graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, CA. She did a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Loma Linda, followed by a transfusion medicine fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is currently Professor of Pathology at the University of California, San Diego, where she serves as Director of Transfusion Medicine and Associate Director of the Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory. Dr Kopko’s research interests center around transfusion reactions, particularly Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI), currently the leading cause of transfusion-related mortality in the United States. Dr. Kopko has published extensively on TRALI and other topics, including platelet refractoriness, transfusion in ABO-incompatible HPC transplantation, and blood transfusion practices.

Free CE

This podcast episode offers a FREE continuing education activity where you can earn the following types of credit: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, 1 ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Contact Hour (including Florida Clinical Laboratory Credit), and American Board of Pathology Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) for Continuing Certification (CC), formerly MOC.

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this episode are those of my guest and I alone, and do not reflect those of the organizations with which either of us is affiliated. Neither Dr. Kopko nor I have any relevant financial disclosures.

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