MED 881 Introduction to Medical Oncology, 4 credits

The goal of this course is to expose students to the decision-making process and medical management of patients with solid tumors. Students will evaluate patients both in the inpatient and outpatient setting, interpret diagnostic imaging, independently assess and provide a therapeutic plan of care.

Students will round daily on 12S (two weeks), report to faculty/residents, and attend multidisciplinary meetings related to patient care. By assisting in a variety of patient care activities, students will hone basic concepts of oncology. Specifically, students will be expected to assist in the staging, initial therapeutic plan and management of treatment-related toxicities. During the inpatient rotation, students will participate to morning and afternoon rounds and weekly lectures on either general or disease specific topics in oncology.

Students will also be exposed to clinical trials (managing patients enrolled in clinical trials and interacting with clinical research team) and laboratory research (opportunity to participate to laboratory meetings and research seminars) throughout the elective.

Students will be integrated in the health care team and work closely with attending physicians serving as sub-interns. This rotation is ideal for students who have an interest in oncology.

Prerequisite: MS4 and MS3  

Modules: A-K, Blocks 3 and 4  

Number of students: 1-2

Course Director: Roberto Pili, MD

Course Coordinator: Cedrick Ball