Indications for therapeutic and donor apheresis continue to increase and expand into new domains of therapy. The level and amount of apheresis education in residency programs remains heterogeneous, which may translate into varying degrees of clinical confidence in providing care. The purpose of this study was to assess Canadian clinicians' perceptions of their apheresis training in order to help demonstrate a need for a concrete apheresis education in residency curricula. A 22-question survey was distributed to Canadian graduates who recently completed training (2013-2017) in the following specialties: hematology, nephrology, transfusion medicine, and hematologic pathology. Questions regarding clinician perception of their training were asked using a Likert scale. Fifty-seven survey responses (32% response rate) were obtained from recent graduates from hematology (29/57, 51%), nephrology (21/57, 37%), hematologic pathology (4/57, 7%) and transfusion medicine (3/57, 5%). Although most respondents (68%) received some form of apheresis exposure during residency, only 23% reported a formal apheresis rotation. Only 40% felt that the amount of time devoted to apheresis education was sufficient, and only four respondents (7%) felt confident providing independent apheresis care at the end of training. Overall, these findings suggest that a common, dedicated apheresis curriculum in these training programs could possibly increase knowledge and competence of trainees, and provide a more solid foundation in apheresis for future practice.
Keywords: Apheresis Curriculum Education Residency Survey