Basic Blood Count & Smear Course

Dr Ali Mahdi · March 30, 2022

Are you starting in the haematology lab or want to freshen up on the basics? If so, this course is for you! This online course will cover everything you need to know about the blood count and smear, all condensed over 9 intense learning sessions. 

The live sessions have now finished but you can access the recordings and presentation slides below. 

Earn CPD points.  The course is accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) for 8 CPD points.

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any queries.

 Dr Ali Mahdi (consultant haematologist and course tutor)

Course details

Download and print the course notebook to write your answers and learning points. These can be found in the Session 6 tab.

This is a both a lecture and case-based course. Interactive polls will be used and you have the opportunity to ask questions at anytime.

The cases that are used in day 2, make use of interactive, digital slides. These allow you to navigate and examine blood smears. To get the most of the course, it is recommended you review these cases before attending the live sessions.

A great way to build on your morphology skills before attending this course is taking the ‘Essential Blood Cell Morphology’ course. This additional course provides you with video tutorials, e-learning modules and assessments. You will cover the morphology of all the major haematopoeitic cells found in reactive and malignant conditions. Whatever your level of experience, we suggest you work through this course alongside the live sessions.

You can purchase this course and access the first lesson on red cells for FREE via this link.

Although we will cover a large range of topics, it would be impossible for us review everything! We hope that it will spark your interest and further reading in haematology.  

Some key reading material that you may find useful to accompany this course includes

  • WHO classification of tumours of haematopoietic and lymphoid tissues, Revised 4th Edition (2017)
  • Blood Cells: A Practical Guide. Bain, B. 5th Edition (2015)
  • Bone Marrow Pathology. Bain, B. et al. 5th Edition (2019)
  • Postgraduate Haematology. Hoffbrand, V. 7th Edition (2016)

 You can download your certificate on the course page by following the instructions on the ‘Certificate download instructions’ option at the bottom of the course page below.

In line with Royal College of Pathologists (UK) advice, an activity should only be claimed for if an educational benefit has been gained by performing the activity.

The course is accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) for 8 CPD points.

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Dr Ali Mahdi

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Program Includes

  • 10 Lessons
  • 12 Cases
  • Program Certificate