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ISTH Education Courses in Review: Valdivia, Chile

The "Curso Educacional Internacional de Hemostasia y Trombosis,” sponsored by the ISTH, took place in Valdivia-Chile from November 22 - 23, 2013. Held at Universidad Austral de Chile and at the laboratories of Hospital Base Valdivia, the course was divided in a common theoretical part and two modules: one for medical items and the other for laboratory aspects (dry and wet lab). The Dry Lab part of the course included theoretical aspects related to the utility and interpretation of different tests, and the Wet Lab part included analysis of blind samples, followed by interpretation and discussions of the results. A "breakfast with the expert” session was included in the module for physicians.

The course, Curso Educacional Internacional de Hemostasia y Trombosis, had 90 attendees and was successful based on the feedback received. It allowed for a motivating interaction and discussion between the attendees and the faculty about theoretical and practical aspects on thrombosis and bleeding disorders. Moreover, cases presented by the attendees were discussed in different sessions, offering additional value.

The majority of the attendees (65%) were physicians or students at the school of medicine. Physicians were mainly general practioners or hematologists; but there were also pediatricians, gynecologists and others. The remaining attendees were professionals that work at laboratories, one physician, one biochemist and one pharmacist. Most attendees (80%) were from the Valdivia region or in other cities in the south of Chile (Temuco, Concepción, Constitución, Puerto Varas, Ancud); the rest were from other areas (Talca, Viña del Mar, Santiago).

The course was organized by Vivianne Torrres (Chile), Alicia Blanco (Argentina), Diego Mezzano (Chile) and Suely Rezende (Brazil); Raúl Altman (Argentina) was the advisor. The course also had Andreas Greinacher (Germany) and Yukio Ozaki (Japan) serve as ISTH advisory members. Faculty included: Alicia Blanco (Argentina), Diego Mezzano (Chile), Olga Panes (Chile), Jaime Pereira (Chile), and Suely Rezende (Brazil). The laboratory course was coordinated by Alicia Blanco (Argentina) and Soledad Rybertt (Chile).

The theoretical part of the course was transmitted live online. For access to materials, send an email to:

The ISTH gratefully acknowledges Alicia Blanco, ISTH Education Committee, for the content above.

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