The Management of Transfusion Medicine programme (MTM) was set up in 2001 by the Academic Institute for International Development of Transfusion Medicine (IDTM), a collaboration of University of Groningen and Sanquin. It is a unique programme for current and potential leaders of blood banks in medium and low income countries.
The focus of the programme is aimed towards the individual development and personal growth of professionals from the blood services field, so they can make a difference in their home countries, once they have earned their degree. MTM students receive the opportunity to choose their own research subjects and are offered a tailor-made traineeship, which consists of two internships of approximately 8 weeks each in the Netherlands.
The first year of the programme is based on the concept of distance E-learning. Students follow a total of 8 online Courses from their home country. The second year revolves around the two traineeships, alternated with a period of assignments and data collection in the student’s home countries.
The aim of the programme is that students, on successful completion of the programme, have acquired the knowledge and skills to take on a senior-management or board level position at academic level. This position is an essential part of the blood transfusion chain that is geared to develop, organize and implement a sufficient, safe and affordable blood supply. The graduate is able to take the initiative to interact with the clinical part as well as the society to orchestrate and/or influence the outcome of the transfusion chain from donor to patient.