Hematology Grand Round

January 2, 2024 to January 30, 2024

Activity description 

These materials are only intended for those that attended the live lectures held in January 2024.

The Grand Round series will provide clinicians with up-to-date resources and tools to better enhance their clinical knowledge. The activities this month will cover topics surrounding hematology.

Provided by
This activity is jointly provided by Optum Health Education and Reliant Medical Group.

Commercial support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners, PAs and physicians practicing in the primary care setting that have an interest in learning about hematology.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe microcytic anemia, normocytic anemia and macrocytic anemia.
  • Determine the correct diagnostics and labs to order for the evaluation of the three types of anemia in a primary care setting. 
  • Recognize anemia parameters to establish when to refer to hematology.
  • Identify the different degrees of thrombocytopenia and distinguish between real and pseudothrombocytopenia.
  • Discuss the primary and secondary causes of thrombocytopenia.
  • Describe how ITP is diagnosed and managed in different patient populations.
  • Define appropriate testing for thrombocytopenia and how to identify patients who need platelet transfusions.
  • Identify common presenting features of pediatric cancers. 
  • Discuss the general principles of pediatric cancer treatment. 
  • Describe the health care needs of pediatric cancer patients during and after treatment.
  • Describe the epidemiology and diagnosis of sickle cell disease (SCD) and its associated complications.
  • Review the management of SCD by a hematology/SCD expert.
  • Identify the role of primary care in the management of SCD.
  • Discuss acute complications of SCD that require emergent care.


Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 4.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 4.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
01/02/2024 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
01/30/2024 - 4:00pm EST


Alan M. Ehrlich, MD, FAAFP
Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Patricia Kavanagh, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Boston University/Boston Medical Center

Stefanie R. Lowas, MD 
Pediatrics-General Pediatrics
Oncology (Cancer)
UMass Memorial Health

Caitlin Pasquale, AGNP-BC, AOCNP
Nurse Practitioner, Hematology and Oncology
Reliant Medical Group

Activity planner
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity presenter and planner have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Reliant Medical Group. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit designation statements

Optum Health Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAPA accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The participant will be awarded up to 4.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 4.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 4.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 4.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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