Senior Student Clerkship
The Division of Hematology/Oncology offers two senior student clerkships:
- Hematology/Medical Oncology
- Palliative Medicine/Hospice
1425-65 Hematology/Medical Oncology Clinical Clerkship
This is a 4 week rotation, and students will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, responsible for the management of complex patients with a variety of malignancies, including acute leukemia, lymphoma, lung cancer, breast cancer and other neoplastic disorders. Clerkship students will be exposed to various treatment approaches, including stem cell transplantation.
To provide a broad based experience in benign and malignant hematology, as well as medical oncology through inpatient and outpatient rounding with fellows and attending faculty.
To enable the student to:
Gain a better understanding of the physician's role in the diagnostic evaluation and multi-disciplinary treatment of patients with solid tumors or hematological malignancies.
Enhance his/her knowledge of the management of anemias, coagulation disorders and other non-malignant hematological conditions, as well as plasmapheresis and other topics related to transfusion medicine.
Gain expertise in interpretation of peripheral blood smears, bone marrow aspirates and malignant pathology specimens.
Develop a heightened awareness of ethical issues as it relates to patient care.
4 weeks. 1 credit. Up to three (3) students during any one period.
1425-77 Palliative Medicine/Hospice Clinical Clerkship
The core of the student's experience consists of participating in inpatient assessments, following the treatment plans for patients in the Palliative Care Unit, and home visits with a Hospice physician, nurse, or social worker. These activities will allow the student to explore much of the nature of palliative medicine, as well as serving as a support to patients and their loved ones. There are didactic, interactive sessions at least three times/week. A-core-competency group of articles covering not only basic principles and controversies of palliative medicine/hospice, but also the management of common symptoms (pain, nausea, fatigue, delirium, dyspnea, etc.) will be discussed. Relevant legal, ethical, spiritual, cultural, and psychological issues are emphasized during the elective. The theme of multi-disciplinary management will be stresses.
To provide a thought-provoking and emotionally rewarding clinical experience, as well as stress the importance of palliative medicine, including good symptom management, excellent communication skills, comfort with limitations and potentials of modern medicine, and adherence to ethical precepts for physicians in any type of practice.
To enable the student to:
- Develop an understanding of palliative medicine/hospice approach towards patients with advanced disease.
- Experience the consultative, inpatient, and home practice of palliative care.
- Gain confidence in appropriate delivery of bad news and discussing end-of-life issues with patients and families.
- Become accustomed to multi-disciplinary (physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain) management of patients with chronic/advanced disease.
4 weeks. 1 credit. 1-2 students each period.
Students for both clerkships are to report to the Office of Student Affairs at 8:30am (Morton 1-673) on your first day to check in and receive your report to schedule.