On Aug. 21, 2021, leaders in hematology and hematology malignancies will gather in Indianapolis for what has become one of the most comprehensive educational hematology conferences in the country – the 18th Annual Indy Hematology Review. I’m honored to be chair of this year’s event, which is hosted by Indy Hematology Education, Inc. and delivers to attendees a concise and practical summary of the American Society of Hematology annual meeting, including the most current hematology research and clinical practice.
It was almost two decades ago when a group of hematologists recognized a need to promote education in hematologic disorders and malignancies in the Indianapolis area. We (I was honored to be part of this group) determined that successfully meeting the needs of our community required convening a faculty that was second-to-none – regardless of where in the world they may be based. But we also wanted to ensure those experts were able to share their knowledge in an environment that made it easy for the practitioners who would most benefit from that education to integrate it into their own clinical practice.
This ultimately led to the creation of the Indy Hematology Review, where attendees hear from speakers hailing from the top universities, cancer centers and research organizations in the world, live and in-person. And, because attendance is kept relatively small compared to other meetings of this type, those physicians, nurses, and other practitioners also have the rare opportunity to interact one-on-one with these internationally renowned experts, asking questions, sharing experiences, and gaining practical tips for putting the latest research findings and clinical tools into practice.
In addition to the main Symposium, with programming for physicians, the Indy Hematology Review features a second tandem symposium for nurses and allied providers. There is even a town hall and reception at which patients can share their own case stories and ask questions of a diverse panel of experts.
The Review also offers Continuing Education – up to 8.75 Medical Knowledge Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s MOC program and up to 10 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Pharmacists can also earn up to 10 contact hours from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Among the key highlights of the 2021 Review, which features both in-person and virtual programming options, are “State of the Art: 2021 Emerging Therapies in Hematologic Malignancies,” which provides summary of all the major updates in the field, and live case reviews during the Town Hall wrap up event.
The Review will also feature “An Evening with the Experts,” an opportunity for patients, their families, friends, and caregivers to hear from nationally esteemed physicians about new scientific knowledge and advances. Among the topics to be presented are emerging therapies for blood diseases, cancers and lymphomas, stem cell transplantation and CAR therapy, surviving cancer with art therapy, emerging therapies for lymphomas, and an overview of treatments and current research in leukemia, myeloproliferative disorders, lymphoma, Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, and myeloma. You can access more information and register here.
More information on the 18th Annual Indy Hematology Review, including the agenda, speakers and registration, can be found here.