What’s New

The Blood Project (TBP) uses a nontraditional approach to medical education through an eLearning platform that complements evidence-based medicine and clinical practice guidelines. We strive to promote critical thinking and the humanities – among medical students, physician trainees and practicing physicians, alike – as a means of bridging the chasm between the “wall of evidence” and individualized patient care. Learn all about the blood through our case studies, peripheral smears, and Blood FAQs. Participate in our case-of-the-week, and check out our series of quizzes. Watch blood move and behave in 3D animations, a first in kind approach to systematically represent blood disorders as dynamic constructs. Explore the humanities section, where you will find essays, poems, art, and much more. We will continue to build on these content platforms. In addition, we are developing a comprehensive bank of microcourses in different areas related to blood. We plan to roll out several of these as part of a second launch within the next few months. Our overall goal is to provide you with an interactive, educational resource to improve your learning experience and, by extension, patient care.

The table below shows update of additions to content and functionality since launch:

DateEvent
Jan 10, 2022Did you know that blood has led the way toward regenerative medicine?
Jan 9, 2022Did you know that Denis Burkitt, of Burkitt lymphoma fame, was a one-eyed Irish doctor?
Jan 8, 2022Did you know that blood comes in all kinds of colors besides red?
Jan, 4, 2022Listen to new Talking about Blood podcast episode with Helen Osbourne interviewing Parul Bhargava about the role of hematopathologist in patient care.
Dec. 31, 2022Read about William Harvey’s own ‘blood project’ in this new essay by William Aird.
Dec 14, 2021Did you know that the Antarctic icefish is the only vertebrate known to lack red blood cells and hemoglobin? Such a cool creature, and one that teaches us about first principles in oxygen delivery!
Dec 13, 2021Did you know that Ibn al-Nafis described the pulmonary circulation many centuries before William Harvey?
Dec 11, 2021Try your hand at our new art interpretation exercise, brought to you by Brenda McCann-Moore.
Dec 11, 2021 Did you know that bovine babesiosis (Texas cattle fever) was the first disease definitively shown to be transmitted by an arthropod?
Dec 11, 2021Did you know that William Harvey (1578-1657), the discoverer of the circulation, favored – against Aristotle – the priority and supremacy of blood above all else
Dec 8, 2021Watch part 1 of our online seminar with William Aird on the basics of the complete blood count.
Dec 7, 2021Watch part 2 of our online seminar with Richard Schwartzstein explaining the why’s and how’s of oxygen and carbon dioxide binding to hemoglobin.
Dec 5, 2021Did you know that Louis Pasteur was an artist?
Dec 5, 2021Listen to new Talking about Blood podcast episode with Helen Osbourne interviewing John Holcomb about his experience as a trauma surgeon on the battlefield.
Nov 21, 2021Did you know that the complexity of the clotting cascade is a rallying cry for the Creationist movement?
Nov 16, 2010Did you know that camel red cells have evolved to withstand hemolysis when dehydrated animals drink up to 50 liters in less than 5 min?
Nov 14, 2021Listen to new Talking about Blood podcast episode with Helen Osbourne interviewing Shaun McCann about his experience as a physician dealing with personal illness.
Nov 14, 2021Did you know that the red blood cell is a miniature fermenter? Just one small step from making alcohol!
Nov 11, 2021Watch part 1 of our new online seminar with Richard Schwartzstein explaining the why’s and how’s of oxygen and carbon dioxide binding to hemoglobin.
Nov 11, 2021Test your observational skills with Brenda McCann’s new art interpretation exercise.
Nov 11, 2021Did you know that sweet clover disease in bleeding cattle led to the discovery of vitamin K antagonists? John Harvey, our veterinarian hematologist, fills us in.
Nov 7, 2021 New case study on a “platelet millionaire” published.
Nov 7, 2021Infographic on approach to the patient with thrombocytosis posted.
Nov 4, 2021Infographic on DIC posted.
Nov 4, 2021New case study on a patient presenting to the emergency room with hypotension and thrombocytopenia.
Nov 1, 2021Infographic on approach to thrombocytopenia published.
Nov 1, 2021Peripheral smear findings associated with iron deficiency anemia posted.
Nov 1, 2021 New infographic on heparin-induced thrombocytopenia posted.
Nov 1, 2021Case study on postoperative thrombocytopenia posted.
Oct 31, 2021New essay by Shaun McCann posted on changing views of blood since the Enlightenment.
Oct 30, 2021Did you know that all the great discoveries in hematology before the middle of the 20th century were made by non-hematologists? William Aird makes the case that we should not think of these pioneers as “one of us”.
Oct 29, 2021Read about the history of the Barr body in a new John Harvey Did you Know post.
Oct 25, 2021 New essay published by the Editor of the Humanities section, Charles Bardes, on the meaning of blood and related words.
Oct 25, 2021New case study published on a patient with mental status changes, thrombocytopenia and anemia.
Oct 24, 2021 New essay published by William Aird on evolutionary medicine and blood.
Oct 21, 2021We have started a new category of learning called Did You Know? Here we introduce interesting, fun facts about the blood from different perspectives, including comparative biology, evolutionary medicine and history of medicine. Check out our first entry!
Oct 21, 2021Addition of a new quiz, focused on clinical prediction rules.
Oct 12, 2021A 3rd dropdown filter option has been added to the Topics page. Not only can you choose according to subject area and platform, but also by level of difficulty.
Oct 12, 2021Addition of peripheral smears on sickle cell disease.
Oct 12, 2021New case study on a patient with thrombocytopenia published.
Oct 4-12, 2021 Addition of 240 new FAQs, and referencing of all answers to FAQs where appropriate.
Oct 4, 2021TBP launch