H-Net is the acronym for the "European Network for Harmonization of training in Hematology."
This project was awarded a 3-year grant under the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme by the European Commission. In a joint effort of 26 partners, H-Net has aimed to create a truly harmonized curriculum for European hematologists, thus raising the competence levels of hematologists and improving patient care and public health. The project will close at the end of September 2011, but parts are being recommended for continuation and development.
H-Net has built on the previously developed European Hematology Curriculum, laid out in the so-called CV Passport, which will soon be available as a downloadable PDF and hard copy to order.
This is an itemized description of what constitutes a well-rounded hematological training as recommended by national and international hematology societies and organizations. It was created and is updated through a bottom-up process involving all national hematology societies in Europe. H-Net has surveyed recently graduated hematologists and compared their qualifications to those expressed in the CV Passport. On the basis of the needs derived from analyses of the survey data, H-Net’s goal is to implement existing educational tools and to develop new ones to meet those needs.
A necessary sub-deliverable of the project has been the revision and update of the CV Passport itself, which has been endorsed by the vast majority of national hematology societies in Europe. Moreover, an online portfolio system, the Hematology Confolio, is being piloted to enable individual hematologists to ascertain personal gaps in their training using the CV Passport for self-assessment and to provide resources and educational opportunities to fill them.