*UPDATE* Notice of request to change discipline name: Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

July 10, 2019 | Author: Royal College Staff

Status update (October 2019)

The Royal College Area of Focused Competence (AFC) discipline has successfully changed its name from

  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation to
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy.

The Office of Specialty Education (OSE) conducted a public notification of the intent toward the change between July 9 and September 8, 2019. The OSE received no concerns from stakeholders about the intent to change the name of the discipline so the name change was approved.


We are seeking feedback from members on a proposed change of name for the Area of Focused Competence (Diploma) in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.

Current name

Proposed name change

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy

Rationale and process for change

The change to “Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation” was requested by the AFC Working Group for the newly recognized AFC (diploma) discipline. The rationale presented for this request is that the discipline has evolved since its recognition in 2017, to include the infusion of hematopoietic cells that have been modified to target specific diseases and/or infection under the scope of cellular therapy.

The request was reviewed by the Royal College’s Committee on Specialties during their April 8-9, 2019, meeting. The committee agreed to proceed with the intent toward the change. They are now inviting feedback from stakeholders before a decision is made.

Send your feedback by September 8, 2019

Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback concerning the request outlined above within 60 days of publication of this notice (09/08/2019).

Feedback can be forwarded to the Office of Specialty Education at cos@royalcollege.ca, Attn: Jason R. Frank, MD, MA(Ed), FRCPC, director, Specialty Education, Strategy and Standards.

All feedback received within this timeframe will be used by the Royal College’s Office of Specialty Education in reaching a final decision regarding the above request. Should the application be accepted, a notice will be made to Royal College staff, committees and stakeholders to this effect.