Impact of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society trainee workshop in recruiting the next generation of nonmalignant hematologists

  • Ming Y. LimEmail author
  • Kathy Blaszczyk
  • Lorilyn Jacobsen-Tews
  • Laura Mott
  • Ravindra Sarode
  • Jennifer Ziegler
  • Arash Mahajerin


The United States is facing a shortage of physicians dedicated to nonmalignant hematology to meet future needs. The Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS) developed a medical education program for trainees, “HTRS Trainee Workshops: Building a Career in Hemostasis and Thrombosis” in 2016. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of the workshop in recruiting the next generation of nonmalignant hematologists. Two surveys (post-workshop survey and alumni survey) were conducted. The post-workshop survey occurred within 30 days of each workshop and was completed by 81.9% (n = 185) of participants. Majority of respondents reported that the workshop had a positive impact to their practice and/or research (93.0%, n = 174) and career development (87.7%, n = 164). For the alumni survey which was conducted in 2018, 73 participants responded to the survey (38.2% response rate). Of the 38 respondents who had graduated from fellowship at the time of the survey, almost all chose a career in academic medicine. 41.7% (n = 15) reported their specialty as adult nonmalignant hematology and 25.0% (n = 9) as pediatric hematology/oncology with a nonmalignant hematology focus. 41.1% (n = 30) developed collaborative professional relationships, and 78.1% (n = 57) reported that the workshop had a positive influence in their choice to pursue nonmalignant hematology as a career. 67.1% (n = 49) were actively involved in research in nonmalignant hematology, with the most common being clinical research. This survey suggests that the HTRS Trainee Workshop is meeting its goals to recruit, train, and mentor the next generation of nonmalignant hematologists.


Education Hematology Hemostasis Surveys and questionnaires Thrombosis 



The authors thank the former HTRS Trainee Workshop participants for completing our survey.

Author contributions

All authors contributed to the study conception and design. Survey preparation, data collection and analysis were performed by Ming Lim, Kathy Blaszczyk, Lori Jacobsen-Tews, L.aura Mott and Jennifer Ziegler. The first draft of the manuscript was written by Ming Lim and all authors commented on previous versions of the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


The authors report no external funding source for this study. The HTRS Trainee Workshop has received funding from industry via independent medical education grants. None of these funds were used in the conduct of the study that is reported in this manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This study is not considered as human subject research as it is an evaluation of the HTRS Trainee Workshop program, all data is de-identified and it is not a clinical investigation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Hematology and Hematological Malignancies, Department of MedicineUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research SocietyMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.Division of Transfusion Medicine and Hemostasis, Department of PathologyUT Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  4. 4.Division of HematologyCHOC Children’s SpecialistsOrangeUSA

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