Transfusion Medicine

Academic Half Days

Academic half days are combined for all TM trainees across Canada by teleconference. Sessions are organized by the  CBSNational Training Coordinator (Dr. Robert Skeate). Half-days occur on a weekly basis and consist of a rotating schedule of Journal Club sessions, Topic Teaching sessions, Case-Based Learning & Textbook Review sessions and Scientific Sessions.Trainees take turns moderating the session and one or more faculty members including a content expert are invited to attend. Academic half day sessions meet criteria for Royal College CME credit.  The current schedule for academic half-day as well as archived presentations from past academic half-days are kept on the CBS Education Website.

Journal Club sessions involve the discussion and critical appraisal of a recent journal article relevant to Transfusion Medicine. The sessions are organized to allow for questions from the Transfusion Medicine residents first followed by a general discussion involving all participants.

Topic Teaching sessionsare a series of tutorials that provides guidance from experts on key topics in transfusion medicine - what is important? What is relevant? CBS Medical and Scientific staff will take a lead role in providing this guidance.  These sessions are designed to cover specific RCPSC Subspecialty Committee Topics which are identified in the distributed pre-reading material.

Scientific Sessions are presentations by CBS faculty of cutting edge science.  All of these learning activities are self-approved group learning activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

Other formal academic activities for trainees include: weekly Transfusion Medicine teaching rounds, weekly Transfusion Medicine Laboratory Sessions, monthly Transfusion Operations meetings, monthly Transfusion Committee meetings, and bi-monthly Research in Progress meetings.