Program Coordinator: Elizabeth Stone, MD
Duration: 4 weeks
Availability: Year round, except December
Number of Students: 1

Prerequisite

Completion of all core clerkships. Open to senior medical students.

Objectives

To increase the student’s skill in obtaining a history, performing a physical examination and interpreting laboratory data pertinent to patients with hematologic and oncologic issues. To understand the role of the physician in the multidisciplinary management of cancer. For those students choosing Radiation Oncology as a part of their curriculum, to develop some knowledge of radiation biology, radiation physics and treatment planning principles.

Description

Students will have the option to select to work in two of the three specialties: Hematology, Oncology, or Radiation Oncology. Students will spend two weeks in the two specialties they choose. Students will work with multiple staff members. Each student actively participates in the evaluation of patients with a wide spectrum of oncologic diseases or benign hematology, depending upon their selection. The student works primarily in the outpatient clinic with no night call or weekend call. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation and management of benign hematological problems and malignant diseases. The student expands their skills in physical diagnosis and evaluation / management of patients with suspected or known malignancies or benign hematologic conditions. Students will be expected to attend multidisciplinary conferences and are asked to attend the Cancer Center Grand Rounds as well. Students may be asked to research and present information on assigned topics, at the discretion of the staff member.

The setting for this experience may include the hospital, but is primarily an outpatient rotation.

There is no opportunity to make up missed days through weekend or on call shifts.

Evaluation

Evaluations will be distributed by the MSE department to the preceptor at the end of the rotation.