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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 104-107

Young professional council with the international society of blood transfusion

1 Department of Transfusion Medicine, Super Specialty Pediatric Hospital and Post Graduate Teaching Institute, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Hematology, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Seeb, Muscat, Oman
3 Senior Medical Device Development Contractor, California, United States of America
4 Laboratory of the French National Reference Center in Perinatal Hemobiology, Paris, France
5 Research and Development, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, Brisbane, Australia
6 Institute of Clinical Blood Transfusions, Guangzhou Blood Center, Guangzhou, China
7 Research Fellow, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya

Date of Submission16-Feb-2020
Date of Decision27-Feb-2020
Date of Acceptance29-Feb-2020
Date of Web Publication17-Apr-2020

Correspondence Address:
Satyam Arora
Department of Transfusion Medicine, Super Specialty Pediatric Hospital and Post Graduate Teaching Institute, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/GJTM.GJTM_15_20

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Arora S, Al-Riyami AZ, Hutchinson T, Toly-Ndour C, Tung JP, Ji Y, Uyoga S. Young professional council with the international society of blood transfusion. Glob J Transfus Med 2020;5:104-7

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Arora S, Al-Riyami AZ, Hutchinson T, Toly-Ndour C, Tung JP, Ji Y, Uyoga S. Young professional council with the international society of blood transfusion. Glob J Transfus Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jun 25];5:104-7. Available from: https://www.gjtmonline.com/text.asp?2020/5/1/104/282728

The International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), founded in 1935, is one of the oldest scientific societies of transfusion medicine specialists worldwide. The mission of the society is to be an international community of professionals sharing the knowledge to enhance transfusion practice. This is achieved by providing opportunities for advancing knowledge and education and advocacy for the welfare of blood donors and transfusion recipients.

In continuation with their efforts to further grow with time, ISBT established the young professionals council (YPC) in 2018, bringing together the bright minds globally working in transfusion medicine and under 40 years of age. The purpose of YPC is to engage and enrich the young transfusion medicine professionals' experience with ISBT with the aim to increase ISBT membershiP value and increase the active participation of young participants in the society's educational activities.

  Membership to the Young Professionals Council Top

The ISBT office calls for expressions of interest, statements of motivation, and a brief C.V. from ISBT members who are eligible to be members of this council. The eligibility criteria include that they should be an ISBT member in good standing, working in the field of transfusion medicine, and under 40 years of age. The ISBT board members appoint the council members, considering that each WHO region is represented.

  Composition Top

The YPC is composed of a chairperson, secretary, and up to six additional members. All WHO regions (African region, region of the Americas, South-East Asia region, European region, eastern Mediterranean region, and Western Pacific region) are represented on the council at any time [Table 1]. One member of the ISBT board may serve as a member of the council, provided they meet the criteria of a young professional (YP). Recently, the ISBT board also appointed a board liaison member.{Table 1}

The term of membership is for 3 years from the time of enrollment. Membership can be renewed by appointment by the ISBT board for an additional term if the member fulfills the criteria of membership at the time of renewal and showed valuable contribution to the function of the council.

During the annual council face-to-face meeting at the congress, the council selects the chair and secretary, among themselves for that year. The council may also co-opt other ISBT members as required for the specific activities or initiatives.

  Meetings Top

The YPC meets face-to-face once per year normally at the ISBT international or regional congress. It is expected that the member of the council will attend the relevant congress. The ISBT do not fund the attendance for the annual face-to-face meeting. The council meets monthly by teleconferences to plan their initiatives and to update about the ongoing YPC activities. The meeting agenda is prepared by the chairperson and circulated to the members at least 1 week in advance, whereas the secretary is responsible to prepare the minutes of the meeting.

  Reporting Top

The chair of the council submits a report to the ISBT board of directors annually. The council also contributes to the ISBT YPC section of the ISBT annual report.

  Role of the Young Professionals Council Top

  • The council maintains the communication with ISBT board, the standing committee of ISBT academy and the ISBT central office to convey the needs of young members of the society
  • The council helps to increase the opportunity for active participation of the YP in the educational events of ISBT such as webinars, live journal clubs, ISBT education, and congresses
  • Build and engage YPs by increasing the awareness of opportunities and activities of ISBT through the use of social media and various online platforms (website and forum)
  • Improve the experience of YPs at the ISBT Congresses
  • Influence the strategic direction of the ISBT in relation to YPs and their career development.

  Responsibilities of the Young Professionals Council Top

  • To highlight the various learning and networking opportunities for YPs with ISBT both online and during congresses
  • To identify and convey the needs and expectations of YPs with ISBT using yearly surveys and interactions
  • To coordinate with ISBT to provide tailored workshops, online webinars, and scientific content, which interests the next generation of scientists
  • To contribute regularly with an article to Transfusion Today.

  Initiatives and Activities of the Young Professionals Council Top

Since its formation in 2018, the YPC has been active in creating the awareness of various activities of ISBT and working at various levels to improve the overall experience of YPs with ISBT. Some of the initiatives and activities are listed below:

1. The council highlights the professional development opportunities with ISBT

  1. Young investigators session:

  2. ISBT congress provides an opportunity for young scientists to present their work with a dedicated young investigators session during the congress.

  3. Working party memberships:

  4. Working parties are the main engine for all the scientific works done by ISBT. At present, ISBT has 14 working parties working on various topics in transfusion medicine. YPs can apply for the membership to these working parties, either as individual members or as an observer member, to learn more on their topic of interest and work closely with the best in the field.

  5. Dr. Harold Gunson Fellowship:

  6. The Dr. Harold Gunson fellowship provides financial support to young scientists who submit an abstract, which is accepted for the presentation at ISBT Congresses giving them the opportunity to attend the congress and meet other YPs with free registration and accommodation provided.

  7. I TRY IT program:

  8. The I TRY IT program is an initiative of the ISBT Academy and is led by the members of the transfusion-transmitted infectious disease and Clinical Transfusion Working Parties. The program teaches the participants how to write the research protocols while developing a research project that will answer a specific research question as well as provide support to attend an ISBT Congress.

  9. Transfusion Today Articles:

  10. The council communicates with the ISBT members through the regular articles in TransfusionToday and updates them about various YPC initiatives.

2. Social Media presence of ISBT:

Social media has grown to be a very strong medium for creating awareness and for networking. The council has made the efforts to reach out to all YPs and members worldwide through ISBT accounts on all well-known social media forums such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The ISBT office manages these accounts and post regularly on recent scientific updates, ISBT activities, and educational content.

The council regularly provides ISBT with scientific content, which is of interest to YPs, for weekly posts on social media. The council has also created dedicated hashtag #ISBTYoungBlood, which is used by the ISBT office as well as ISBT members while posting useful information for YPs. The hashtag can also be followed to have regular updates on ISBT activities involving YPs. The council also provides the ISBT office with videos prepared by the council members for raising the awareness about ISBT activities. These videos are regularly shared by ISBT official social media accounts. YPs globally are encouraged to use the hashtag to share their day-to-day experiences with the ISBT and the council.

3. Live Journal clubs and Career development webinars:

ISBT provides free multiple online education materials to its members through their dedicated platform and app “ISBT Education.” The council coordinates with ISBT to help YPs (from their respective WHO region) to present live journal clubs, giving them exposure, and a platform to discuss important articles in transfusion medicine. The council also coordinates with the ISBT office to co-host the career development webinars on a regular basis.

4. Improving the experience of YPs in the ISBT Congresses:

ISBT Congresses are a great way to network and meet the pillars of the field of transfusion medicine and blood banking from worldwide. The council works closely with the ISBT office to make the overall experience to be memorable for YPs. There are a variety of activities planned by the YPC during the congress as follows:

  1. Special Badges or Buttons

  2. All YPs attending ISBT Congress are given a special button, which helps to identify them during the scientific and networking session.

  3. YPs Workshops

  4. ISBT organizes multiple workshops tailored for young scientists in transfusion medicine, and the council helps the ISBT office select an appropriate topic for the same. The council members interact with YPs and try to identify the topics, which will interest them, and convey it to ISBT for consideration. Each year, the council helps ISBT to organize 2–3 such workshops at the ISBT Congresses.

  5. Young Investigators Breakfast

  6. The Young Investigator Breakfast is another regular event at ISBT Congresses allowing the YP have a one-to-one meeting with the experts in various fields associated with transfusion medicine. Some of the members of the council are present at these sessions helping the YP to network.

  7. Speed Dating Event:

  8. The council organized an interesting speed dating social event for YPs at ISBT Congress in Basel, to provide an opportunity for YPs to meet the representatives from ISBT and raise the awareness among YPs about the functions of ISBT. The event consisted of five round tables for discussion; each table had an ISBT representative (from ISBT board, ISBT Academy, Editorial team of Vox Sanguinis, ISBT committees and Working Party and YPC) and 5 YPs, who registered for the event. The discussion in each table was for just 5 min! The feedback obtained from the attendees and ISBT representatives was impressive and encouraging to keep this as an annual event at ISBT Congresses.

  9. Dedicated YPs booth

  10. The ISBT YPs booth is a booth at Congresses, which is dedicated to YPs, where they can meet the council members and interact with them. The booth gives the YPs a space to learn more about ISBT and its functions, the YPC and the opportunities that exist for YPs.

  11. YP Reception

  12. ISBT organizes a separate reception for YPs attending the congress. These receptions are coordinated with the council and are held near the exhibition area. The reception helps the YP of ISBT to come together, interact, and socialize in an informal setting.

5. More upcoming council activities in relation to YPs and their career development

  1. The council is coordinating with the ISBT office to provide YPs the opportunity to work with the editorial team of Vox Sanguinis and receive training and guidance from the editorial team
  2. The council is also coordinating with the ISBT office and International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines ICTMG to have YPs from different regions of the world to get involved in the functions of ICTMG. YPs will be involved in the development of the ICTMG guidelines and give input to ensure the adaptability to all the regions of the world
  3. The council is also working with the ISBT office on a mentorship program for YPs from different regions of the world and helps them to grow in their career under the direction and advice of a mentor.

The YPs council has been very helpful in creating the awareness of opportunities for YPs within the society, enhancing the overall experience as well as improving the value of the ISBT membership. To learn more about us, kindly visit the YPC's webpage at http://www.isbtweb.org/about-isbt/young-professionals-council/and follow the hashtag #ISBTYoungBlood on ISBT social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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