Blood Disorders Day for Health Professionals

Blood Disorder Day 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

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

On behalf of the Community Oncology Program at CancerCare Manitoba, the planning committee would like to invite you to attend Blood Disorders Day for Health Professionals.

As in past years, topics have been selected by surveying health care practitioners in Manitoba to directly address priority learning needs. Speakers will be dynamic, expert Hematologists who will present relevant information and provide you with highly sought-after 'algorithms of care'.

View the agenda here.

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Awarded the 2015 National CPD Award by the College of Family Physicians of Canada

Blood Disorders Day 2016

Blood Disorders Day 2016 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. 

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


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