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Transfusion medicine topic template

Revised: 14 May 2020
Copyright: 2019-2020, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.

    Examples of well written Transfusion Medicine topics: Zika virus and Post-transfusion purpura

    For ease of use, we put topic headings in the same order. Please put some text under each heading, but do not include obvious or repetitive information. If you think there is nothing to add, please write "not relevant to this topic," "repetitive with __ heading" or "unknown at this time." Do not delete any topic headings.


    Author 1

    Author name with degrees: ___________________________________________

    Author rank (M.D. candidate / Resident / Fellow / Instructor / Assistant, Associate or Full Professor): ___________________________________________

    Author leadership roles (maximum of 2) (ex: Director of Surgical Pathology, Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology, Director of Cytopathology): ___________________________________________

    Author institution name: ___________________________________________

    Author institution city, state, zip code and country: ___________________________________________

    Author email address: ___________________________________________


    Author 2

    Author name with degrees: ___________________________________________

    Author rank (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor): ___________________________________________

    Author leadership roles (maximum of 2) (ex: Director of Surgical Pathology, Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology, Director of Cytopathology): ___________________________________________

    Author institution name: ___________________________________________

    Author institution city, state, zip code and country: ___________________________________________

    Author email address: ___________________________________________



    Chapter name: Transfusion medicine

    Section and subsection (in the Table of Contents): ___________________________________________

    Topic name:___________________________________________



    Definition / general
    A 1 - 2 sentence summary of the topic.

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    Essential features
    This topic heading should be completed after the rest of the topic is finished, and should duplicate the 3 - 5 most important points mentioned elsewhere in the topic. In other words, it should list what every pathologist should know about the topic or what would be in a Board Review book.

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    Terminology
    Other names used today or historically that pathologists may be more familiar with.

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    Pathophysiology
    Step by step details of how the disease process begins and progresses (if not obvious).

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    Clinical features
    Anything clinical not included above or below. Includes associations with other conditions.

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    Transmission
    General information on how the disease is transmitted.

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    Symptoms
    List common symptoms and other manifestations of the disease.

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    Screening
    Include methods and window of detection.

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    Blood donor screening
    Screening measures to determine donor eligibility.

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    Blood donor testing
    Approved testing methods for blood donors.

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    Donor deferral
    List relevant deferral guidelines.

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    Laboratory
    Typical findings (positive or negative).

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    Case reports
    List 3 - 5 quality case reports, preferably from the past 5 years (unless the diagnosis is exceedingly rare). The format should be written as "25 year old man with large retroperitoneal mass (PMID: XXXX)." We prefer case reports from free full text PubMed archived journals in English. To find case reports that meet this criteria, use the following PubMed search (fill in the diagnosis): DIAGNOSIS case reports[PT] free full text[SB] 2015:2020[DP] english[LA].

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    Treatment
    General modes of treatment. Drug dosages are usually not necessary - if you want to include them, please provide a reference.

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    Sample assessment & plan
    Write a sample report that you would put in the electronic medical record to convey all necessary information to the treating team. See example here.

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    Differential diagnosis
    List names of entities in order from most to least important. Use short, concise bullets to include the most important differentiating features that are present or absent in the differential diagnosis entity, not the topic diagnosis. Do not describe features found in the topic diagnosis. We will link to the entity on our site.

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    Additional references
    General references for this topic not included above.

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    Board Review Question(s)
    Prepare 2 board review style questions that highlight important content from this topic. If the topic describes a very rare entity, 1 question testing basic information is sufficient. If the topic describes a very common entity, 3 questions testing basic information are suggested. These are not actual questions from the Pathology boards but review questions written in a similar format. The questions should test basic, essential diagnostic concepts that all pathologists should know rather than minor details. The topic needs to contain all information relevant to correct and incorrect answers. The first question must contain an image of the entity followed by a multiple choice question, such as "Which of the following is true about XXX tumor/disease?" The image can be reused from the topic. Do not use the format "Which of the following is false?" Questions should have only one answer. Do not use responses "all of the above", "none of the above", "A and C", etc. This question will be part of our Board Review page so the reader will not know the topic with which it is associated. Therefore you must make the organ clear in the question and the diagnosis clear in the answer. The second question may have an image associated with it but an image is not required. Click here for examples.


    Board Review Answer(s)
    Answers to the Question(s) above, sorted alphabetically by the first letter in the answer.