International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis Releases New Clinical Core Curriculum to Aid Specialization of the Field

Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis publishes article on first internationally developed and reviewed Core Curriculum to guide clinical knowledge and training in the industry

Chapel Hill, NC, January 21, 2016 --( The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) announces its new international clinical Core Curriculum on thrombosis and hemostasis, the first framework of its kind to define the minimum standards for a medical doctor to attain a level of proficiency to enable them to practice independently as specialists in the field.

Published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (JTH), the Core Curriculum is a key resource and reference for the global thrombosis and hemostasis community.

“Thrombosis and haemostasis is an exciting and evolving medical subspecialty,” said Dr. Claire McLintock, MD, clinical and laboratory haematologist and subspecialist in obstetric medicine at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand, who led the development of the Core Curriculum. “Internationally, there is wide variation in how clinicians who work in thrombosis and hemostasis reach their final destination as recognized specialists. The ISTH Clinical Core Curriculum serves to provide a framework for training of specialists in this field and to promote harmonization of training internationally.”

McLintock said that prior to the ISTH Core Curriculum, while there were a number of local or regional curricula, there had been no international consensus on what constituted the requirements for a specialist in thrombosis and hemostasis in terms of clinical competencies.

In 2013, the ISTH identified the need for an international clinical Core Curriculum and developed a working group consisting of specialists from around the world to address and draft a list of competencies. ISTH members and the global thrombosis and hemostasis community were surveyed to rate the importance of the proposed competencies. The survey garnered more than 640 responses with broad geographical representation, which determined the ultimate framework for the new curriculum.

“We are pleased to release this exciting new resource for the global thrombosis and hemostasis community,” said Dr. Nigel Key, MD, director of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, and ISTH Council Chair. “Our intent is for the Core Curriculum to serve as a common reference point for national and regional thrombosis and hemostasis societies to create or revise their own clinical training programs. Additionally, it can potentially be used as a framework for continuous professional development, maintenance of competence and to inform future ISTH educational offerings.”

To read the full open access article in JTH, visit To learn more about the ISTH Core Curriculum, visit

About the ISTH

Founded in 1969, the ISTH is the leading worldwide not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders. ISTH is an international professional membership organization with 4,000 clinicians, researchers and educators working together to improve the lives of patients in more than 93 countries around the world. Among its highly regarded activities and initiatives are education and standardization programs such as its Core Curriculum, research activities; meetings and congresses, peer-reviewed publications, expert committees and World Thrombosis Day on 13 October. Visit ISTH online at

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