SUR 807 Advanced Clerkship in Breast or Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, 4 credits

The goal of the Subinternship in Surgical Oncology is to enable the student to develop a proficiency in the approach to and management of breast or head and neck disease. This internship is designed for a student who has developed an interest in breast or head and neck disease. It is primarily offered at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC). The student will become competent in interpreting diagnostic studies, performing several diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and managing patients pre- and postoperatively. All are integrated into the health care team and serve as subinterns. When feasible students may choose one of two divisions: Breast (RPCCC or BGMC) or Head and Neck Surgery (RPCCC).

Students will work-up new patients, participate in consultations and undertake procedures. Students will assist during diagnostic procedures and operations. The student will actively participate in various oncology conferences and rounds. Upon completion of the subinternship, the students will have developed a methodological approach to the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of malignant diseases. The student will feel confident in interpreting diagnostic procedures and understanding a broad spectrum of operative procedures as well as pre- and postoperative care.

The Student Evaluation and Education Committee assigns the grade according to the academic status policies of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Grades for the internship are based on completion of defined goals and clinical evaluations. 

MS3 must obtain permission from the course coordinator before registering

Prerequisite: MS4 or MS3 with successful completion of SUR 700

Modules: A-K  Blocks: 3 & 4

Number of students: 1 in each section

Course Instructors: 


    Kazauaki Takabe, MD, PhD, FACS (RPCI - Rb)

    Head and Neck:

    Ryan McSpadden, MD (RPCI - Rh)

Course Coordinator: Gayle Thomson