A thorough understanding of the pathophysiology of cytopenias and the other common disorders presented in this course, as well as knowledge of newer tests and their interpretations, are all essential to accurate diagnosis. The goal of this activity, therefore, is to refresh the general pediatric practitioner on the approach to children with common problems related to the blood. Updates will be provided on the newer tests available to the practitioner and their interpretation.The course also will provide clear algorithms of a basic workup for commonly seen problems like anemia, other cytopenias, and possible bleeding and clotting disorders and suggest a paradigm for when to suspect an occult malignancy, and when a referral should be made to the hematologist/oncologist.
It is intended that this Weill Cornell CME activity will lead to improved patient care, including improvements in knowledge,
competence, or performance.At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an increase in knowledge of epidemiology, differential diagnosis, newer testing modalities and management of common hematologic disorders in children.
2. Implement a rational clinical approach, focusing on avoiding unnecessary laboratory testing, to facilitate the correct ordering and interpretation of appropriate testing.
3. Assess diagnostic and management skills, including appropriate primary and secondary prevention, to improve the overall health of children.