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Hematology Sequence Laboratories 2017


1. Hematopathology Lab Introduction (this document)
2. Hematopathology Atlas 2017.pptx
3. Hematopathology Lab 1 2017 Anemias.ppt
4. Hematopathology Lab 2 2017 Leukemias.ppt


The laboratories focus on the microscopic, genetic and immunologic features of blood cells essential for the diagnosis of hematologic disorders.

  1. The first week includes a self-study exercise using the Hematopathology Atlas 2017 PowerPoint document. You must download PowerPoint in order for links to work. This exercise (1) reviews the organization of hematopoietic organs, (2) introduces the terminology used to describe blood cells and (3) demonstrates the microscopic features of normal and abnormal blood smears.
  2. There are two laboratories that use the Hematopathology Labs 1 & 2 PowerPoint documents. These illustrate the laboratory diagnosis of anemias and leukemias.
  3. All materials covered on the laboratory portion of the examination are contained in the three PowerPoint documents including (1) photomicrographs, (2) links to virtual slides, (3) review material and (4) cases with questions/answers (see below).
  4. Work through the PowerPoint documents on your own, study the photomicrographs and virtual slides, learn the factual content and test your identification skills using the self-test tools provided. Links to diagnostic-quality virtual slides are provided in the PowerPoint documents.
  5. The Self-study Atlas has a test preparation mode and a “self-test tool” is provided for the virtual slides (Virtual Slides Self-Tester, link from Laboratory PowerPoints, described below).

Objectives for self-study using the Hematopathology Atlas 2017

The Atlas 2017 PowerPoint document should be viewed initially using the “normal” view mode so that the slides and the “notes” window below are visible (content in both windows). For test preparation, view Atlas as a PowerPoint Show so that “notes” section is not visible.

  1. Learn the microscopic appearance and frequency distribution of normal erythrocytes, leukocytes, selected anemias and selected neoplastic cells.
  2. Know where normal blood cell growth, differentiation and maturation occur.
  3. Know the meanings of the terms stem cell, progenitor, precursor, mature and effector cells.
  4. Understand how a blood smear is prepared and evaluated.
  5. Know the regions of a blood smear and how to find the optimal areas for microscopic evaluation.
  6. Know the stages of red and white blood cell maturation that are normally present in the blood.
  7. Know the common terms used to describe RBC shapes and sizes.
  8. Identify platelets, mature and immature erythrocytes, selected erythrocyte abnormalities in Atlas.
  9. Identify normal mature, activated and immature white blood cells in the blood smear.
  10. Identify selected abnormal and neoplastic leukocytes in Atlas.

Instructions for Hematopathology Lab 1 (Anemias) and Lab 2 (Leukemias)

  1. Use Hematopathology Lab 1 2017 (Anemias) and Hematopathology Lab 2 2017 (Leukemias) PowerPoint documents.
  2. These documents are best viewed from (1) desktops on campus network or (2) a laptop attached to the Medical School’s intranet (Ethernet connection best, Wi-Fi OK).
  3. Tablets are NOT recommended since special software is required for virtual slide viewing and the links to virtual slides in the PowerPoint document will not work.

Using the PowerPoint documents:

  1. Place the PowerPoint document on your desktop and open. Initiate the “Slideshow” mode using the “screen” icon or the appropriate dropdown menu. Resize the slideshow window for comfortable viewing and proceed.
  2. Use the space-bar, arrow keys or mouse to move forward (or backward) through the case history, illustrative micrographs (from virtual slides), questions and answers for each case.
  3. Examine the virtual slides using the links provided in the PowerPoint.
  4. A link is also provided to a “self-test tool” for virtual slides review.


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