M.B.Ch.B. II – Block 3 (BOK 280)

In this block we provide an overview of the subject with introductory lectures covering all aspects of haematology.

Subjects covered are:

  • Introduction to haematology
  •  Haematopoiesis
  •  Normal blood cells
  •  Clinical assessment of haematological disease
  •  Laboratory assessment of haematological disease
  •  Benign disorders of white cells
  •  Classification of anaemias
  •  Iron deficiency
  •  Iron overload
  •  Megaloblastic anaemia
  •  Macrocytosis
  •  Haemolytic anaemia
  •  Bone marrow failure
  •  Principles of malignant transformation
  •  Normal haemostasis
  •  Disorders of haemostasis
  •  Thrombosis
  •  Haematological aspects of systemic disease
  •  Blood transfusion
  •  General aspects of haematological treatment
  •  Introduction to flow cytometry and cytogenetics

M.B.Ch.B. III – Special Activity 12 (GNK386)

The Department of Haematology contributes to this multi- disciplinary block by conducting teaching seminars designed around actual case studies. Students are shown peripheral blood and bone marrow specimens at a multi-headed microscope and are taught the morphological principles of haematological diagnosis.

Conditions covered are:

  •  Acute leukaemias
  •  Chronic leukaemias
  •  Hodgkins lymphoma
  •  Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
  •  Multiple myeloma
  •  Myeloproliferative disorders
  •  Myelodysplastic syndromes

M.B.Ch.B. VI – Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine Special Activity 13 (GNK689)

In this block students are taught the role of the pathology laboratory in arriving at a medical diagnosis.

Topics covered include:

  •  The full blood count and the making of a haematological diagnosis
  •  Dietary anaemias
  •  Haemolytic anaemias 
  •  Bleeding tendency
  •  Blood transfusion
  •  Hypercoagulation and thrombophilia

In addition to these formal lecture blocks, students in the 5th and 6th years spend two days in the Department of Haematology. Here they are taught how to make optimal use of the haematology laboratory. They also attend the haematology clinic and participate in the work-up and management of patients with haematological disease


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