Blood Disorders Day for Health Professionals

Blood Disorder Day 2020

Fractionated BDD Series presentations

May 1: The Iron Chefs: Serving up high quality care in the setting of iron deficiency and overload

Part 1: Iron Homeostasis, Iron Overload, and Laboratory Measures of Iron
Donald S. Houston MD PhD FRCPC

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA): It’s easy as 1,2,3
Emily Rimmer MD MSc. FRCPC

May 22: MGUS & Multiple Myeloma

MGUS & Myeloma
Mark Kristjanson, MD, CFPC

Plasma cell Disorders - From MGUS to multiple myeloma

Laboratory testing of monoclonal gammopathy - What tests to order and how to interpret them
Arvand Barghi, MD, FRCPC

Blood Disorder Day 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building, U of M Bannatyne Campus

Blood Disorders Day 2018 for Health Professionals featured hematologists offering their expertise on a wide range of topics. 

Session topics are chosen by surveying healthcare practitioners in Manitoba, with speakers presenting relevant information and providing those in attendance with algorithms of care. 

The event was accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

Blood Disorders Day 2018 Presentations

Session 1: Hematology 101

Solving Medical Mysteries: Deducing diagnoses from clues in the CBC
Donald S. Houston, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Hematologic Disorders in Pregnancy: What to expect when you’re expecting
Chantalle Menard, MD, FRCPC (PGY-5)
Arjuna Ponnampalam, MD, FRCPC

Session 2: Hematological Malignancies

IPEP, UPEP, we all scream for SPEP! Multiple Myeloma in 2018
Emily Rimmer, MD, FRCPC

Investigation of Splenomegaly & Lymphadenopathy
Dr. Pamela Skrabek

How to differentiate myeloproliferative neoplasms from reactive causes of elevated blood counts
Catherine Moltzan, BMS, MD, MS, FRCPC, FACP

Session 3: You Asked, We Answer

Plunging Platelets: Thrombocytopenia in the pediatric patient
Dr. Jayson Stoffman

Things to never miss in the office
Brett Houston, MD, FRCPC (PYG-5, hematology)
Leonard Minuk, MD, FRCPC

Evidence informed strategies to prescribe iron and B12 supplements to treat or prevent anemia
Dr. Mark Kristjanson
Dr. Ryan Zarychanski

Session 4: Know Your NOACs

Don’t Skip a Beat: A refresher on anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation in 2018
Dr. Mahwash Saeed

Venous thromboembolism in 2018: Best evidence and Best practice

Blood Disorders Day 2016

To view a 2016 session, please click on the links for a video presentation or a slide presentation in a pdf format, as well as the related pathway.

Blood Disorders Day 2016 Presentations

Session 1: Essential Hematology

ABCs of the CBC: Make awesome hematologic diagnoses using information at your finger tips
Ryan Zarychanski, MD MSc FRCPC

Parsing out platelets: How I approach thrombocytopenia
Catherine Moltzan, BMS, MD, MS, FRCPC, FACP

Session 2: Bleeding and Clotting

Is this bleeding normal? How I evaluate a child or adult with a suspected bleeding disorder
Sara Israels, MD FRCPC

How I use and reverse novel oral anticoagulants
Ryan Zarychanski, MD MSc FRCPC

Ask the expert - Bring your difficult benign hematology cases to discuss!
Panel of local hematologists

Session 3: Short Snappers - White Cells & Immunity

Leukopenia: Trivial or trouble
Matthew Seftel. MD MPH MRCP FRCPC

Could this patient have myelodysplastic syndrome?
Rajat Kumar, MBBS, MD, DNB, MSc (LSE), FRCP (London), FRCP (Edin.), FRCPC

Should I immunize my patient with cancer or with a hematological disorder?
Eric Bow, MD, MSc, D. Bacteriol, FRCPC

Hot topic: Blood disorders in refugees and immigrants
Arjuna Ponnampalam, MD

Session 4: Hematologic Malignancy

What do I need to know about chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)?
Versha Banerji, MD, FRCPC

When do I suspect lymphoma and how do I investigate?
Pamela Skrabek, MD, FRCPC

Blood Disorders Day 2015

The inaugural Blood Disorders Day in 2015 was an award-winning success.

The event for Primary Care, which had 380 registrants attending in person or via Manitoba Telehealth, received the National Continuing Professional Development award for 2015 by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Local speakers offered their expertise and algorithms of care that pragmatically summarized the work-up/management of a given disorder and indicated when referral is suggested.

The sessions below include links to video presentations and pdfs of PowerPoint presentations, as well as pathways.

You can also click here to download the complete pdf portfolio of the agenda, presentations and pathways, although note that the file is very large.

Blood Disorders Day 2015 Presentations

Session 1: Anemia

How I you should work up undifferentiated anemia?
Ryan Zarychanski, MD MSc FRCPC & Don Houston, MD PhD FRCPC

How do I diagnose and treat iron deficiency anemia in the Adult?
Mark Kristjanson, MD CCFP

Not small adults: Diagnosis of anemia in children
Sara Israels, MD FRCPC

Session 2: Highs & Lows

What should I do to investigate high ferritin?
Arjuna Ponnampalam, MD FRCPC

How do I approach and work up a patient with pancytopenia?
Catherine Moltzan, MD FRCPC

Ask the expert—Bring your difficult benign hematology cases to discuss!
Panel of local hematologists

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Session 3: Thrombosis

Anticoagulation, including the use of novel oral anticoagulants in DVT/PE & atrial fibrillation
Marc Carrier, MD MSc FRCPC

How long should I anticoagulate after DVT or PE?
Marc Carrier, MD MSc FRCPC

Session 4: Malignant Hematology

Investigation of Lymphadenopathy - Suspicious for Lymphoma
Pamela Skrabek, MD FRCPC

When do I order an SPEP and how do I interpret the results?
Emily Rimmer, MD FRCPC

When do I work up an elevated white blood cell count (lymphocytosis/neutrophilia)?
James Johnston, MD FRCPC