The 43rd annual conference of Pakistan Association of Pathologists was held in Karachi from 25th- 27th November 2022. It was organized in liaison with societies that represent different specialties of pathology in country. The Pakistan Society of Haematology (PSH) facilitated in organizing the sessions specific to Haematology. Professor Dr. Bushra Moiz led the scientific committee as chairperson.
The Haematology program was started with a plenary talk by our esteemed guest speaker from Canada, Prof Dr. Catherine Hayward, in which she discussed the challenging cases pertinent to inherited bleeding disorders. It was followed by invited talks in which seasoned Haematologists from all over the country shared their knowledge and experiences about topics like Thalassemia prevention, neonatal thrombocytopenia, quality assurance in blood bank, CART cell therapy, and novel approaches in the diagnosis /management of MDS, indolent lymphomas and rare bleeding disorders. Then there were short oral presentations by postgraduate trainees and early career consultants , in which they shared their ongoing research work. During the conference, Haematologists and technologists also displayed their research work in the form of moderated posters. The day was concluded with award distribution to oral presentation and poster competition winners.
Hematology program also accommodated two workshops. The first pre-conference workshop titled," Quality assurance in Haematology laboratory to improve patient safety" was conducted on 24th November, by Dr. Muhammad Shariq and his team. Pathologists and technologists from different institutes participated in it to learn statistical analyses and trouble shooting of quality control data and interpretation of proficiency testing evaluation. Another workshop was conducted on 27th November by Professor Dr. Bushra Moiz and Professor Dr. Catherine Hayward. The workshop offered participants to learn troubleshooting in coagulation laboratory and solve challaneging cases in hemostasis and thrombosis, under the guidance of experienced facilitators.