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ISTH Core Curricula
 Download the Clinical
Core Curriculum Booklet

The ISTH Clinical Core Curriculum on thrombosis and hemostasis is 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. Click here to view the article.

While there were a number of local or regional curricula prior to the ISTH Clinical Core Curriculum, 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.

This new curriculum is currently being integrated into the ISTH Academy's online library of educational resources. Check back soon for progress.

To read the full open access article in JTHclick here. To download a pdf of the Clinical Core Curriculum booklet, click here.

If you have any questions, please email

 Download the Laboratory 
Core Curriculum Booklet


Following publication of the ISTH Clinical Core Curriculum, the ISTH recognized that laboratory specialists require distinct competencies that differ from medical doctors working clinically with patients. To address this gap, the ISTH formed a working group of international laboratory specialists to develop an evidence‐based core curriculum. Their findings were published in the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis(JTH). Read the findings here.

This international core curriculum for laboratory specialists provides a foundation for the development and enhancement of education and quality management of the laboratory. Laboratory analysis of blood samples are essential for diagnostics and therapy monitoring of patients with bleeding and thromboembolic diseases. The ISTH developed an evidence-based Laboratory Core Curriculum to outline the minimal level of skills and core competencies required by a thrombosis and hemostasis laboratory specialist. The Core Curriculum provides a framework for laboratory professionals training in this field, enables harmonization of training and accreditation and informs the structuring of continuous professional development. The Curriculum focuses on the competencies considered to be required for the laboratory professional who has completed their training and is ready to practice independently in the thrombosis and hemostasis laboratory.

Regional adaptations to this curriculum may be required to respond to availability of specialized laboratory services in different jurisdictions and testing availability. A global survey was developed and used to determine consensus on the minimum competencies required for a thrombosis and hemostasis laboratory specialist.

Download the Laboratory Core Curriculum Booklet.

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