XIII.National, I.International Blood Banking and Transfusion Congress of BBTST, Antalya, Turkey, 8 - 12 March 2020, pp.292-294
Background: Proper clinical use of blood products requires competent theoretical and practical
knowledge of transfusion medicine. In this study, we aimed to evaluate levels of transfusion medicine
knowledge and attainment of educational targets and identify factors affecting the education of
Methods: A multicentric survey study was performed among final-year medical students. The
questions were prepared based on learning objectives for transfusion medicine curriculum. The
questionnaire focused on the safety of blood transfusion administration.
Results: The survey included 727 (24%) of 3009 students enrolled in 13 medical schools. In the
competence self-assessment, 65% of the students reported that transfusion medicine education was
insufficient. Only 14% felt competent in recognizing transfusion complications and applying first-line
treatment. For initiating and monitoring transfusions, 41% stated they could manage under
supervision and 7% stated they had sufficient practice, while the remaining 52% considered
themselves completely insufficient in this area. The 10 questions assessing basic knowledge and
attainment of educational targets had 53 choices. This indicates that intern doctors were not able to
recognize 50% of the correct and 30% of the incorrect information.
Conclusion: A large proportion of medical students did not have adequate theoretical knowledge or
self-assessed practical competency in transfusion medicine.