Division of Hematology & Thromboembolism

Goals & Objectives

The goal of our training program is to provide the resident with a solid foundation in both clinical and laboratory hematology. The specific objectives are tailored to meet the requirements of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada for certification in Hematology. Upon completion of residency training in Hematology at McMaster University, the resident is expected to be a competent specialist in adult Hematology and to demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes for ethical and effective patient-centered care, as well as management of hematologic laboratories. Additional training may be required to ensure competence in a specialized laboratory or clinical area.

The resident will acquire in-depth knowledge of aspects of biochemistry, genetics, immunology, pathology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of hematologic diseases and will learn the hematologic changes that occur with aging and maturation, as well as during pregnancy. The resident will learn about the psychosocial care of patients with hematologic diseases, including pain management and end-of-life care. The resident will develop skills required for the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and interpretation of laboratory tests relevant to the practice of hematology.

The graduating resident is expected to be able to accurately convey relevant information and explanations to patients and their families, colleagues, and other professionals; to effectively collaborate within the healthcare team; to exhibit management skills pertinent to the supervision of hematologic laboratories; to demonstrate a commitment to self-directed learning; to critically evaluate scientific information and facilitate the education of colleagues, students, residents, and other healthcare workers; and to practice in an ethical and professional manner.