MED 862 Inpatient/Ambulatory Care in Oncology, 4 credits

This program is an intensive experience directed at learning the natural history, definitive management and supportive care of outpatients with malignant disease at an internationally renowned cancer institute. The prognostic influence of morphology, immunological and molecular genetic markers, cytogenetics and patient characteristics will be shared.

The student will work with the Medical Oncology fellows and faculty on specific case management of hematologic and solid tumors in the various outpatient clinics and inpatient units of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Students will spend two weeks on a solid tumor service and two weeks on a hematology service.

The student will complete initial histories and physicals on patients new to Roswell Park and follow up his or her patients during the four-week rotation.

Students will also have the opportunity to see patients who are known to the Medical Oncology staff who present to clinic with acute or emergent conditions.

The student will, in addition to his clinic responsibilities, attend patient management conferences, Medical Oncology grand rounds, and the resident/fellow teaching seminar, all of which are held at Roswell Park.

Evaluation of clinical performances and intellectual activity during clinics and conferences will be made by the Medical Oncology senior staff.

Upon completion of this rotation, students should have gained an overview of the manifestations of a number of tumors and will have the opportunity to read about and discuss in detail the characteristics of the natural history of some of the more common cancers. They should have learned to develop logical approaches to the diagnosis of cancer. They will also have had an opportunity to learn about the available and appropriate forms of management provided by the modalities of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and biomodulation. No night call will be required, but Saturday and/or Sunday coverage may be involved.

Prerequisite: MS3 or MS4

Modules: A-M Blocks: 1-4

Number of students: 2

Course Director: Roberto Pili, MD

Course Coordinator: Cedrick Ball