I’ve known Dr. Pat Kopko for over 30 years. Today, you get to listen in on a solid DOZEN practical “Things We Wish We Knew” when we started! FREE continuing education credit available (see below).

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Dr. Pat Kopko

If I ever want to feel really old, I just remember 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, Director of Transfusion Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. I have watched with great pride over the years as Pat has become an authoritative and trusted voice in Transfusion Medicine. She’s brilliant and awesome, and she still teaches me stuff to this day!

For this episode, Pat and I decided to have a conversation about the essential things we wish we would have known when we started on our respective paths to being blood bankers. We get really, really practical, and give you tons of useful information. We share tips and memory tools, and present facts in a memorable way. This episode is especially useful for all listeners who don’t do blood banking every day, such as 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!

About My Guest:

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. Dr. Kopko is a 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. Her 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).

To receive credit and review the accreditation information and related disclosures, please visit Transfusion News Continuing Education on Wiley Health Learning.

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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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