MS-2: Hematology

January 3, 2023-January 18, 2023
11 half days

Co-Course Director
Louis Rapkin, MD
Clinical Director, Oncology
Department of Pediatrics

Co-Course Director
Deborah DiNardo, MD, MS
Clinical Instructor in Medicine
Department of Medicine

Course Description

This course builds on concepts established during immunology and pathology in the consideration of the impact of diseases of the circulating elements of blood.

Course Goals:

  1. To describe normal hematopoiesis and the findings of a normal bone marrow, describing the same using cellularity, myeloid to erythroid ratios, and specific cell line development.
  2. Create an algorithm for the assessment and diagnosis of anemia, and to apply that algorithm to cases of hypo- and hyper-proliferative anemias.
  3. To identify common disorders of the red cell according to pathogenesis, defining clinical characteristics, diagnosis, and basics of treatment.
  4. To identify common benign and malignant disorders of the white cell according to pathogenesis, defining clinical characteristics, and diagnosis.
  5. To identify the and proteins/enzymes of normal coagulation, primary and secondary hemostasis, fibrinolysis, and to list the essential characteristics of disorders in each of these processes.
  6. To identify common thrombotic disorders according to pathogenesis, defining clinical characteristics, diagnosis, and basics of treatment.

Educational Methods

  • Lectures
  • Clinical workshops
  • Hematopathology workshops
  • Patient presentations
  • Case conferences
  • Self-study


Students will be evaluated on their performance on a final examination and attendance in small group sessions. Attendance is REQUIRED for all hematopathology workshops (3 sessions), clinical workshops (2 sessions) and patient presentations (2 sessions).

To receive a passing grade, students must attend all required sessions AND receive a passing grade on the final exam. 

This course comprises 20% of the grade for the Organ Systems Pathophysiology Block, Section 3. Grading for the block is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Margaret Ragni, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Award, recognizing the Dean’s Master Educators.