The BloodTechNet Learning Fund was launched in 2011 by Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation. The BloodTechNet Competition, with support from Grifols, facilitates the development of innovative educational projects that support the Transfusion, Cellular Therapy and Transplantation communities in Canada.
The Stem Cell Club: Educating Medical Students about Stem Cell Transplantation (2015)
Awarded to: The Stem Cell Club, Warren Fingrut
Warren Fingrut is a University of British Columbia (UBC) medical student on a mission. His project, The Stem Cell Club: Educating Medical Students about Stem Cell Transplantation, won the 2015 BloodTechNet competition.
In addition to recruiting donors through swabbing and awareness events, The Stem Cell Club equips medical and nursing students with leadership opportunities, training, and skills to help them become health advocates for patients in need of stem cell transplants. This initiative empowers students to become leaders in Canadian healthcare.
“The sustainability of our initiative is a high priority. Our BC chapters have each built up a solid network of club leaders and volunteers,” explains Warren. “We are developing our own evidence-based volunteer training program. We also emphasize quality improvement: tracking our outcomes so that we can learn if we are doing our part to recruit the most-needed donors.”
Funds from the award are enabling the club to publish their training program online, to make it easily accessible to volunteers wherever they are located.
As of 2017, the Stem Cell Club is operating coast to coast, at 18 campuses across Canada! The training program for stem cell drive volunteers, leaders and organizers includes four online modules, six videos and a workshop, and is published online here. To date, over 500 students across Canada have completed training.
Warren Fingrut (left), Cassandra DeLuka of Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network (centre-right) along with two UBC medical students at a "May the swab be with you" recruitment event in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Warren Fingrut)
Published January 2017