Medical Oncology

Duration: 4 weeks

Distribution of student's time:
80% outpatient care
20% conferences/lectures

Enrollment/Period: 1 maximum, upon availability, July - May

Prerequisites: Completion of core clerkship in Medicine and Pediatrics

Clerkship Objectives:

  • Enhance knowledge and skills pertaining to interviewing physical examination, or patient interactions, interpretation of data, clinical judgment, therapy, and advice to patients.
  • Increase student involvement in conferences, journal clubs.
  • Increase student use/review of the medical literature; rational use of analgesics.
  • Understand how medical oncologist interacts with other disciplines in designing combined modality therapies.
  • Understand scientific and ethical issues, which should govern use of antineoplastic therapies.


  • Quality of care given
  • Participation and performance in conferences
  • Level of knowledge
  • Level of skills

Methods to be used in student evaluation:

  • Observation of performance by faculty
  • Assessment of write-ups/reports

This is strictly an outpatient rotation. Students work closely with senior staff oncologists in morning and afternoon clinics. New outpatient consultations, as well as interesting follow up patients, are seen by students and discussed with staff. Students are expected to participate in journal clubs and weekly interdisciplinary case conferences.

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