Immunohematology Education Fund
in Honor of Ragnhild Øyen and Carol Johnson
About Ragnhild Øyen-Lopez
Rock, as she was known, was born July 7th 1941 in Trondheim, Norway. She worked in the
Antibody Reference Laboratory (now known as the Laboratory of Immunohematology) at
NYBC for 30 years, and was the Technical Director when she retired on April 25th, 2002.
During retirement, Rock lived with her husband, Fred Lopez, in Bradenton, Florida. She died
January 11th 2007. Rock had no formal training as a medical technologist but she was self-
motivated and largely self-taught. She grew to be a respected immunohematologist and her
advice was sought not only locally but also throughout the world. Rock‟s interests included
research, resolution of serological problems, and teaching. She trained many technologists and
physicians in immunohematology who currently serve as blood bank supervisors or medical
directors nationwide. Rock had a warm sense of humor, was a pillar of moral and emotional
strength, and epitomized good customer service and relations.
About Carol Johnson
On November 17th 2007, the Manager of Professional Education Programs, Carol Johnson died
(see photograph). Carol shared much with Rock and was unconditionally supportive of the Rock
Education Fund. Carol was born on August 28th 1945 in upstate New York and trained as a
Medical Technologist at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. Later she obtained her
MT(ASCP)SBB diploma. Prior to assuming leadership of the Department of Professional
Education, she worked in the Immunohematology Reference and Research Laboratories.. Carol
worked at the NYBC for 30 years, during which time she published numerous technical and
scientific papers and text-book chapters. She had a remarkable ability to explain complex
concepts in an understandable manner and, thus, was a favorite with transfusion medicine
students; medical technologists and physicians alike. She was friendly, helpful, outgoing, and a
team-player. It was largely these traits that enabled her to help build the New York Blood Center
Transfusion Medicine Fellowship into one of the premier programs in the United States.
About Rock and Carol
Rock and Carol had much in common: both were talented medical technologists, scientists,
professionals, educators, friends who worked at NYBC and published numerous papers, reviews,
and chapters together. They both died prematurely in 2007 after courageously fighting cancer.
They trained many technologists and physicians in immunohematology who currently serve as
blood bank supervisors or medical directors nationwide. Both were enjoyed resolving
serological problems, performing and interpreting research studies in various aspects of blood
groups, and education. They exuded joy in what they did. The NYBC has lost two invaluable
and irreplaceable family members and both are sorely missed. As a tribute to these two
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outstanding people, the Rock Øyen Education Fund, which was established in January 2007, was
renamed in November 2007 to the “Immunohematology Education Fund” in honor of both Rock
Øyen and Carol Johnson.
To encourage junior medical technologists to follow Rock‟s and Carol‟s role model and embrace
a career in immunohematology.
What the Fund Sponsors
An annual travel award competition
Immunohematology Education Fund Travel Award Competition
o Membership to AABB for 1 year and sponsorship to attend AABB annual
o Certificate of Achievement
o Opportunity to present work at an appropriate forum
o Certificate of Achievement
o A chose of
Registration for HBBSA Spring Symposium
Registration to BBANYS annual meeting
Membership to BBANYS for 1 year
Transfusion medicine text books
Eligibility for competition
Non-supervisory medical technologists
Working in hospitals serviced by the NYBC
Interested in gaining knowledge in transfusion medicine and career development
Not a previous winner of the Grand Prize
Deadline for applications
Complete Rock Oyen Education Form (click here) or give information on a separate
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o Title of your written report
o Your first and last names; job title; institution address; telephone number; and e-
o Copy of current CV or resume
o Did you write this specifically for the competition?
o If you win, will your supervisor approve time off to attend the AABB?
o Indicate whether you are a member of the AABB?
o Indicate whether you have ever attended an AABB meeting? If you have, how
o If you are selected, would you like a „meeting mentor/buddy‟, and if so, what
qualities would you like that person to have?
Choose one of the following
o Write a review of an aspect of transfusion medicine (e.g., blood group
antigens/antibodies, patient safety) (use Transfusion format, for information see
o Do a project and write a summary (use Transfusion format)
o Write a case study with an emphasis on the educational aspects (see instructions
o Write a critique of a transfusion medicine-related paper published in a peer-
reviewed journal in the last 2 years
o Include the title of your report but no indication of your identity
o Line spacing 1.5
o Margins 1 inch top, bottom and sides
o Print 2-sides of the paper
o Font Times Roman 12 or Ariel 11 font.
o Page limit Unless a word limit is given, 6 pages
o You may receive some ideas and guidance from peers, supervisors, literature, or
other sources. However, writing, final editing, and revisions of the report must be
o Any references used should be cited, using the Transfusion format, at the end of
o Edit and proofread carefully
Specific guidelines for writing a Case Study
o Case History
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Provide patient‟s diagnosis, age, ethnicity, transfusion and/or medication
history, hemoglobin/hematocrit and any other useful information
pertaining to patient‟s medical condition.
Provide blood bank‟s findings in testing for ABO, D, antibody screening,
and direct antiglobulin test (DAT).
Provide blood bank‟s findings in the initial antibody investigation and/or
previously identified or suspected antibodies.
o Blood Bank or Immunohematology Laboratory Findings
Describe patient samples received (quantity/type) and their condition.
Describe (in detail) initial laboratory findings in the DAT, antigen typings,
and plasma/serum testing with RBC panels. Include panel antigrams,
techniques used, and strength of reactions.
Describe accurately and logically, additional testing that you recommend
is to be performed.
o Additional Testing
Describe in detail additional testing undertaken.
Give explanations for the additional testing performed.
Provide panel antigrams or tables detailing additional results.
Describe your additional findings and ultimately, give final interpretation
of laboratory findings (e.g., antibody specificity/ies).
Discuss in detail your findings and their significance. This may include facts
on the antigen/antibody involved and/or their background and history.
Detail possible transfusion management of the patient based on the laboratory
Cite all references for information given in discussion where needed.
Send applications to Marion Reid, Immunohematology, NYBC, 310 E 67th Street, New
York, NY 10021 or electronically to email@example.com with “Rock Education
Fund” in the „Subject‟ line.
Each submission is reviewed:
By at least four qualified people
By at least one reviewer from outside NYBC
Ten predetermined categories are scored from 1 to 10
The scores for each category from each reviewer are totaled
The total scores from all reviewers are averaged
The highest overall score wins
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The review categories are:
References appropriate, sufficient, and up-to-date
Relevance to Medical Technologists
Relevance to Immunohematology
Announcement of winners
Winners will be informed before July 15th
2007 Award winners
There were five award winners of the first competition.
The grand prize was given to Colleen Hinrichsen for her Review on Prions
The runner-up was Marlene Rodriguez for a case study entitled, Investigation of a
positive direct antiglobulin test in a newborn
There were three who received honorable mention:
o Geysa Aristy-Reyes for a review entitled Safety first: HIV/Infectious disease
o Deborah Assip for a case review The mystique of the Rh system
o Nita Patel for a project entitled Comparison study of the affect of different
cryopreservation thaw viability of hematopoietic progenitor cell products
Congratulations to all winners.
The first seminar was held at NYBC on December 6th and was entitled Understanding
Molecular Analysis for Prediction of Blood Groups. The five competition awardees will receive
their Certificates of achievement and text book at this Seminar.
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