LearnTransfusion series

What is the LearnTransfusion series?

The LearnTransfusion series is the seminar component of the Areas of Focused Competency (AFC)-Diploma Program in Transfusion Medicine. The series is also open to all practitioners in the field of Transfusion Medicine. Through a regular webinar series, trainees and practitioners are exposed to various scientific, technical and clinical aspects of transfusion medicine. The LearnTransfusion webinar series is offered in English only.

How can I attend the LearnTransfusion series?

The LearnTransfusion series is delivered via weekly webinars organized by Canadian Blood Services. The series offers “Topic Teaching”, “Scientific Sessions”, and “Journal Club Reports”. Webinars usually take place on Tuesday mornings at 12 noon ET and are posted during the academic year (from September to June). Find details about the upcoming LearnTransfusion series events here.

To be added to the distribution list for the LearnTransfusion series, send an email to learn.transfusion@blood.ca with the following information included: 

  • Subject: Weekly Transfusion Medicine Seminars 
  • Body: Please add me to the distribution list for upcoming LearnTransfusion series events.  
    • [Firstname Lastname], [email address]. 

You will then receive weekly email notifications of upcoming series events with details on how to join (e.g., link to register for the webinar).  Please note that Gmail is blocking emails sent from our distribution list.  Please do not submit a Gmail address.

Is the LearnTransfusion series accredited?

Yes, the LearnTransfusion series presentations are self-approved group learning activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. A certificate of attendance is provided to attendees who attend the live seminars and complete the presentation surveys.

LearnTransfusion series recordings from the 2023-24 academic year

Video recordings of presentations from the LearnTransfusion series are posted here following the live event if the speaker has consented to publication. Recordings are in English only and are available until the end of the academic year. A certificate of attendance for Continuing Medical Education purposes will be provided to individuals who attend the live presentation; it will not be provided for viewing a recorded presentation.  

September 12, 2023

Racial differences in RBC Transfusion Amongst Hospitalized Patients 

Presented by Sumedha Arya


September 19, 2023

Granulocyte Transfusions in Canada 

Presented by Catherine Latour


October 3, 2023

Should I follow that guideline recommendation? 

Presented by Nadine Shehata


October 10, 2023

When transfusion gives headaches.  Is there an association between transfusions and intracerebral hemorrhage. 

Presented by Charles Lafrance


October 31, 2023

FNAIT – Case Based Management 

Presented by Akash Gupta



CD36 has a NAK for causing problems in the blood bank 

Presented by Laura Cooling


Adapting Transfusion Camp in Rwanda 

Presented by Yulia Lin and Jacob Pentergrast