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Hematological Pathology

Blood study

As a resident in this four-year program, you’ll gain the ability to study, investigate, diagnose and monitor:

  • disorders of blood
  • blood-forming elements
  • hemostasis
  • immune function in adults and children

You’ll also learn to direct and supervise blood centre and hospital transfusion medicine services, all within a program that is approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

The hematological pathology program is entirely separate from anatomical or general pathology. In order to meet RCPSC guidelines, you’ll need to complete a focused clinical year in a discipline relevant to hematopathology.

What is hematological pathology?

Hematological pathology incorporates multiple areas of medicine and science, including:

  • immunology
  • biochemistry
  • molecular pathology
  • genetics

As a resident, you’ll build a solid understanding of these areas, along with a deep knowledge of the morphology of blood and hematopoietic and lymphoid organs, immunohematology, hemostasis and general hematology.

This subspecialty also requires expertise in instrumentation, quality management systems and administrative and regulatory guidelines in a laboratory environment.

Why hematological pathology at Dal?

There are plenty of reasons to pursue hematological pathology at Dalhousie. These include:

  • centralized laboratory services, with significant case volumes and variety
  • synergies for learning between the hematological pathology, clinical hematology and transfusion medicine programs
  • collaborative relationship with laboratory hematology and clinical hematology services
  • allogeneic bone marrow transplantation referral centre for the Maritimes
  • American Association of Blood Banks-accredited transfusion laboratory
  • significant opportunities for teaching and research
  • medical informatics knowledge and expertise

Find out more about the Hematological Pathology Resident Training Program curriculum.