Hematology postgraduate studies should specialize in such areas of health as the treatment of bleeding disorders, thrombosis, as well as oncological diseases. Education in this field requires a fair amount of laboratory practice, which I hope to get when entering the directorate program. These programs rarely exist online, and the need to conduct laboratory experiments only strengthens my desire to enter a new circle of like-minded academics.
As a specialist in hematology, I will have the opportunity to work in special laboratories and in the field of blood banking. It should be noted that experts in a given field may also be involved in more basic medical sciences. However, I am attracted to the opportunity to keep a calling in this particular area, even if it means less practical work. The acquired skills will allow me to give university lectures and conduct seminars and laboratory work, thus spreading professional knowledge about the subject. Mastering academic skills in transfusion of blood components will allow developing in this direction, prescribing qualified diagnoses and referrals for patients. The responsibility of making a clinical decision must be balanced by learning experience, and I look forward to gaining a professional qualification in this vital area of healthcare.
The program suits me because I have a deep interest in the field of hematopoiesis, that is, the formation, maturation, and development of blood cells in vertebrates. This scientific field also acknowledges the dependence of leukocytes and erythrocytes on hematopoietic stem cells. Knowledge of blood cell morphology, factors affecting the formation of blood plasma, and the relationship between cells and antigens and antibodies are also within the scope of my scientific interests. Direct observation of hematopoietic processes in patients with normal and damaged blood cells can provide an important and memorable experience for me as a future specialist.
The reproduction of blood cells is of academic interest to me. In the future, I would like to pay more attention to this process, particularly its reproduction in simulation conditions. The cultivation of blood cells seems to be one of the most promising areas in modern hematology. New cells can be programmed to reproduce when grown from stem cells, involving microfluidic devices to engineer and monitor this process (Coluccio et al., 2019). Moreover, cellular organisms that are not blood, but perform functions similar to it, can be produced, which can revolutionize the field of blood donation. Creating blood cells that retain immune, oxygen-supplying, and protective functions simultaneously seems promising for medicine in general and exciting for me as a practicing hematologist.
Having received a professional education in the Directorate of Hematology, I will have the opportunity to contribute to the treatment of diseases such as anemia, tumors of the hematopoietic systems, and congenital and acquired hematopoietic pathologies. This profession is narrowly focused on the medical field, so I am ready to make enough efforts to strengthen my position in my niche. However, I see limitless prospects as a result of mastering this curriculum since the spectrum of interdisciplinary professions is rather large, from oncohematologist to transplantologist worried about blood cell transfusion. Despite these possibilities, the most exciting prospects open up with the opportunity in the future to work in a research center focused on the study of stem cells, artificial cell reproduction, and the creation of new unprecedented types of therapy.
Coluccio, M. L., Perozziello, G., Malara, N., Parrotta, E., Zhang, P., Gentile, F., Limongi, T., Raj, P. M., Cuda, G., Candeloro, P., & Di Fabrizio, E. (2019). Microfluidic platforms for cell cultures and investigations. Microelectronic Engineering 208, 14-28.