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The Hematology program at Queen's University is a rigorous two-year residency program focusing on the nature, function, and diseases of the blood. It is an intellectually stimulating specialty offering an ideal combination of clinical medicine, pathology, and the use of sophisticated technology to make specific diagnoses and treat illness.

The Queen’s Residency Training Program in Adult Hematology is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is fully transitioned to a competency based medical education framework. The expected duration of training for each resident is 2 years. Training is divided into stages and each stage features a series of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) which are based on the competencies that a resident must achieve in order to progress into the next stage. A new assessment system has accompanied this change and features a wide variety of competency based assessment tools used more frequently and based on direct observation. 

In the first year of the program, residents split their time between clinical hematology (clinics, ward, and consults) and hematopathology.  A research block is also provided.  The second year includes further rotations in clinical hematology and hematopathology, in addition to rotations in Pediatric Hematology, Community Hematology, Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation, and three elective blocks. A particular strength of the Queen's Hematology program is our flexibility to individual training needs, we can really tailor the program to suit any career goals. We typically accept 2 residents per year but we presently have 5 residents in the program.

The Resident Clinic is a weekly half-day clinic that runs continuously across the two years, concurrent with other rotations. Each resident will have assigned new patients who she/he will follow longitudinally. It also serves as a follow-up clinic for discharged inpatients seen by residents on the Consult or Ward service. Attendance by each resident is continuous, except when away for out-of-town rotations.

Please note:  The order of rotations may vary

Admission to postgraduate residency programs in Canada is coordinated through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS).  For detailed information on eligibility and selection criteria, required supporting documentation, and interviews, please review the Queen's Hematology entry within the Medicine Subspecialty Match (MSM) section on the CaRMS website.

All residents attend weekly academic half-days.  These generally include pathology and clinical presentations by faculty members, and residents also present on a monthly basis.  Weekly Journal Club also provides an opportunity for articles to be presented, critiqued, and discussed.  

Other educational activities include Hematopathology case seminars, Lymphoma multidisciplinary conference, a mock Royal College style examination, Transfusion 101 - Camp with the bank, monthly Transfusion rounds presented via video conference from Toronto, and an epidemiology series on clinical trials methodology and critical appraisal.

Additionally, there are numerous optional courses available during residency training based on interest such as Queen's Faculty Development Teaching days, which are highly regarded sessions to improve clinical teaching and formal presentation skills, the CCTG CTG young investigator course and medical leadership series through the Faculty Development office.

 Educational Activities

Hematology Conference/Rounds 
A weekly noon round where trainees present cases and topics. Bring your lunch.
Hematology Journal Club
Yes, critical appraisal can be both educational and entertaining! Every other week journal articles are presented, critiqued, and discussed by a rotation of attendings and trainees. You never know what the attendings are going to say at Journal Club.
Hematology Academic Half Day
Weekly, including a Pathology and a Clinical presentation.
Lymphoma Conference (tumor board) 
Held weekly, this is a multidisciplinary forum to discuss the management of lymphoma patients, attended by Hematologists, Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, and Radiology.
Hematopathology Slide Conference
When the lights go down, be prepared to be quizzed. This is a weekly presentation of hematological morphology from current cases, with clinical correlation and discussion. Flame retardant clothing provided.
Practice Exam
Each spring there is mock Royal College-style examination at Queen’s consisting of a morphology exam and oral exam. Trainees are also encouraged to attend the excellent Practice Exam at U-of-T each summer.
Epidemiology Series 
Dr. Joe Pater gives an excellent series on clinical trials methodology/critical appraisal in a combined round with the medical oncology residents.
U of T Monthly Transfusion Rounds
By video conference, with a great list of speakers.
ASH conference
Trainees are strongly encouraged to attend the ASH meeting each year. Funding is provided.
Transfusion 101 - Camp with the Bank

Led by UHN but provided in Kingston via videoconference and with local, on site faculty to lead seminars

Pharmacology Lecture Series
Topics in pharmacology and cancer biology.
Medical oncology academic half-day (the relevant sessions), Medical Grand Rounds, Medical Mortality conference, Oncology Grand rounds

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Research is a major strength of our program and we recognize that scholarly activity is an important means for residents to advance their career goals.  Residents are provided with a protected research block in their first year, in addition to a further two blocks of electives in the second year that can also be used for research purposes. After meeting with both the Research Director and Program Director, residents will initiate a research project and will be expected to present at a local, national, or international research forum.  Regular teaching sessions in research methodology, epidemiology, and biostatics are provided,  and residents may also apply for admission to the RCPSC-accredited Clinician Investigator Program at Queen’s.

The Division of Hematology at Queen’s is a leading centre for hemostasis research. The Molecular Hemostasis Laboratory utilizes a variety of experimental approaches to understand the molecular basis of blood coagulation and develops strategies to translate this knowledge into clinical benefits.  Its Principal Investigators were winners of the National Hemophillia Foundation’s ‘Researchers of the Year Award of Excellence’ in 2011.

Additionally Kingston is the home of the CCTG Clinical Trials Group, Canada's premiere cooperative oncology group, which carries out clinical trials in cancer therapy, supportive care and prevention with internationally recognized clinical trialists based in Kingston.  There is much opportunity for involvement in research focused on hematologic malignancy.

The Division of Hematology is based at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) with sites at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH), southeastern Ontario’s leading centre for complex-acute and specialty care and home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.  KHSC serves almost 500,000 people through its Kingston facility and 24 regional affiliate and satellite sites. KGH was ranked in 2011 as one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals by Research Infosource.

In addition to their Kingston experience, residents complete mandatory rotations in different centres.  Two rotations in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation occur at either Ottawa General Hospital or The Princess Margaret Cancer Centrein Toronto, or at another suitable centre if required.  The rotation in Pediatric Hematology occurs at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto or at CHEO in Ottawa.  Residents also complete a Community Hematology rotation in Kitchener, providing them with a unique opportunity to manage acute myeloid leukemia in a community hospital and further developing resident hematology consultancy skills.

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