This post is about a number of websites that medical students and residents will hopefully find useful to acquire knowledge in the field of hematology:
UpToDate: (free in Saudi Arabia)
National Guideline Clearinghouse: a database of guidelines published by different organizations about many medical topics
British Society for Haematology Guidelines: on a wide variety of hematology issues. An app is also available for smart phones (just search BSH guidelines in the App Store).
American Society of Hematology: this website contains a number of valuable resources including:
Blood: the most famous and influential journal in the field of hematology. Review articles in the “How I Treat” series are particularly useful.
ASH Image Bank: (free) for a great collection of slides, including blood films (blood smears) and bone marrow aspirates and biopsies.
ASH Education Book: (free) a great book that contains review articles on a variety of topics in hematology that were covered in educational sessions during ASH annual meeting of that year.
ASH Self-assessment Program: for hematology fellows and trainees, this is a great text book accompanied by MCQs.
Guidelines: (free) offers guidance on a number of topics such as ITP, HIT, thrombocytopenia during pregnancy and use of anticoagulants. Useful guidelines on sickle cell anemia management are also available.
Teaching Cases: (free)
Disease Management Project, Cleveland Clinic: (free) review articles on a variety of conditions
Clinical Practice Guidelines and Protocols in British Columbia: (free) offers practice guidelines on a variety of topics, including an approach to anemia and prescribing warfarin.
UK Sickle cell anemia and thalassemia guidelines: (free)
Bloodline: (free) recommended for the image atlas.
How to Prepare and Interpret Peripheral Blood Smears: (free) from Virginia Commonwealth University
Bloody Easy Coagulation Simplified: (free) from the website of Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network. Covers assessment of the patient with a suspected bleeding disorder, in addition to an overview of anticoagulants. Highly recommended.
Practical Haemostasis: (free) everything you need to understand tests used to investigate bleeding disorders
Videos on hemostasis: from McGraw Hill and John Hopkins. These will make it easier to understand the coagulation cascade.
Hemophilia resources: (free) from World Federation of Hemophilia website
von Willebrand Disease resources: (free) from World Federation of Hemophilia website
Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis, 9th ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines: (free) also known as the Chest guidelines, these are highly regarded in the thrombosis field and are followed by physicians worldwide. An update was published in 2016 and is available here.
Thrombosis Canada: (free) a website developed by thrombosis experts in Canada, containing clinical guides on a number of thrombosis related topics, tools for calculating thrombosis-related scores (CHADS2 / Well’s etc), and a comprehensive list of resources. A mobile app is also available.
Perioperative management of patients using warfarin: a review article from Blood.
The British Columbia Cancer Agency: (free) the BCCA is a highly respected institution in the field of oncology. Its website is outstanding as it provides cancer management guidelines, a drug manual for chemotherapy agents in addition to detailed chemotherapy protocols.
The Leukemia and BMT Program of British Columbia: (free) provides sections for health care professionals in addition to patients. Provides a good overview for the current approach towards managing hematological malignancies.
Cancer Care Ontario: (free) contains multiple useful sections including one for patients and families, and another for physicians, providing symptom management tools that offer guidance on management of pain, dyspnea, oral symptoms and other issues in cancer patients. Another section includes guidelines for cancer management.
Bloody Easy 3: (free) from the website of Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network, this outstanding resource is available as a PDF and as an online module. I think all medical graduates should be familiar with this material.
Clinical Guide To Transfusion: (free) a comprehensive resource for transfusion medicine from Canadian Blood Services