Subspecialty Program Information - Haematology

The Haematology Program at the University of Manitoba consists of 20 faculty members who strive for excellence in research, education and patient care.  Our members manage both benign and malignant haematology including leukemia and bone marrow transplant (BMT). Our Faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in thrombosis, bleeding disorders, haemostasis, lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia and haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Our faculty is committed in providing both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in the field of haematology. Our Undergraduate Program involves the entire 4 years of the medical school curriculum. The main component is the Blood and Immunology Course with modules in the first and second pre-clinical years. Learners benefit from interactive lectures, small-group case-based tutorials, guided self-study, and case-based microscope laboratory sessions. Students in the latter 2 years may opt for elective rotations in haematology, in which they participate in outpatient general haematology clinics, the inpatient consultation service, and one-on-one tutorials with faculty.

Our Postgraduate Program provides learning opportunities for the rotating medicine residents as well as sub-specialty fellows who have committed to pursue a career in Haematology. Rotating residents enjoy haematology teaching, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings, at our 2 teaching hospitals, the Health Sciences Center (HSC) and St. Boniface General Hospital (SBGH).  They also have an opportunity to experience outpatient care in malignant haematology at the Buhler Cancer Center, Victoria General Hospital (VGH). Inpatient education is case-based, and focuses on the diagnosis, management and follow-up of haematologic disorders. Outpatient education prepares the learners to manage non-acute ambulatory patients through our various clinics. Both inpatient and outpatient services provide an ample opportunity to hone procedurals skills including bone marrow biopsies, lumbar punctures and intrathecal chemotherapy administration.

We have regularly scheduled weekly teaching for the rotating residents on relevant topics in haematology.  Our residents have an opportunity to evaluate our program and faculty which helps improve our programs, quality and education.

In addition to the above, haematology fellows have a wide range of learning and mentoring opportunities relevant to their future careers in Heamatology. We have designed our accredited Haematology Program in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Our fellows receive training in clinical haematology (benign and malignant), haematopathology, haemostasis, transfusion medicine, pediatric haematology and palliative care/medical oncology. They also learn inpatient and outpatient management of acute leukemia, aggressive lymphoproliferative diseases and BMT in our specialized leukemia/BMT service. Through our diverse faculty, they have an ample opportunity for research and/or administrative projects. For fellows with academic aspirations, we have committed faculty who will closely mentor such individuals in their research training.  Complementing the clinical training, haematology fellows may wish to complete Masters training in epidemiology offered in the Department of Community Health Sciences or concomitantly enroll in the Clinical Investigator Program at the University of Manitoba.

Our faculty now offers sub-specialized programs to fellows after the completion of their haematology training. We currently have sub-specialty programs in the leukemia/BMT and lymphoproliferative disease specialties.

Our education mandate also extends to community primary care providers and allied-health care professionals. Our biannual Blood Disorder Day conference is an example of high quality outreach education to support the diagnosis and management of a variety of haematologic diseases. Blood Disorder Day also provides fellows the opportunity to present and help educate primary care physicians/allied professionals which allows them to fulfill their various Royal College roles including educator, expert and scholar.

We also routinely educate ourselves to highlight our academic achievements or keep ourselves updated with the advancements in the field of haematology, by hosting weekly Grand Rounds presented faculty, trainees or invited speakers. This helps develop presentation skills and showcase academic achievements.


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Dr. Arjuna Ponnampalam
Director, Haematology Subspecialty Training Program
Room GF338, Health Sciences Centre
820 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB     R3A 1R9
Phone: (204) 787-1103
Fax: (204) 787-8632
Program Administrator: Melissa Blonjeaux