Hematopathology is a study of blood which encompasses different subdisciplines, including the morphology of blood and blood forming tissues, coagulation system and transfusion medicine, including stem cell transplantation. The practice of hematopathology involves the provision in the laboratory of medical and technological services necessary for large diagnostic hematology service. Such practice includes the detection and diagnosis and laboratory monitoring of disorders of blood and blood forming organs. Whether these are primarily diseases of the hematopoietic system or the effects on the hematopoietic system of drugs or diseases of other organs. The speciality may also embrace the collection and provision of appropriate prepared blood and blood components for therapeutic purposes.

UBC Residency Training Program

In order to undertake such responsibility as a resident will require a sound knowledge of pathologic principles and medical practice. A wide and up to date knowledge of all aspects of laboratory hematology is essential. This knowledge must be accompanied by a clear understanding of the basic scientific and technical principles involved and the ability to provide useful consultation to the clinician in the application of the resources of the laboratory to help solve clinical problems and in appreciation of the principles involved in the management of a large, modern laboratory. The successful resident will also show evidence of ability to participate effectively in the education of medical and nonmedical associates and students. Residents in hematologic pathology must acquire adequate knowledge of basic science in relation to hematology. They must also acquire a wide experience in morphologic hematology and pathology of the lymphoreticular organs, including the applications of cytochemistry and flow cytometry. The speciality training requirements also include one year of approved residency in internal medicine or six month approved residency internal medicine and six months for approved residency in general surgery, pediatrics or O & G.

Subsequent Challenges and Opportunities

The practice of laboratory hematology is largely limited to tertiary care centres. Hematopathologists work closely with oncologists and clinical hematologists, as well as other clinical disciplines. Hematopathologist positions are available in many Canadian centers.

Contact Information

Program Director:
Suzanne Vercauteren MD, PhD, FRCPC
Hematopathology Program Director
Head Division of Hematopathology, BC Children’s Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia
4500 Oak Street , Room 2K51
Vancouver BC, V6H 3N1
Phone: 604-875-2939
Email: svercauteren2@cw.bc.ca

Program Administrative Contact:
Shelley Berkow
Post-Graduate Residency Program Manager
Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program Assistant
3203-910 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Tel: (604) 875-4892
Fax: (604) 875-4988