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Electives - Hematology

Clinical Hematology/Oncology

Elective Number: (Oasis E34a) 1627

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Hillary Maitland

Evaluations: Completed in OASIS

Available: Rotations 1, 3-14

Duration: Maximum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Time to Report: 8:30 am

Place to Report: TBA - contact Dr. Maitland one week prior to your start date for instructions

Typical day: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: The primary goal of this elective is to introduce students to outpatient Hematology and Oncology. The student will learn to recognize and evaluate common hematologic and oncologic disease states. The majority of patients cared for by Hematologists and Oncologists are diagnosed and treated in the outpatient setting. Therefore, this experience is dramatically different from that on the inpatient 3-East Hematology/Oncology Service. Students will attend 5-6 half-day outpatient clinics per week and will be involved directly with the attending physicians in the initial evaluation and follow-up of patients with a variety of malignant and non-malignant disorders. Students will be introduced to both the diagnostic and management approaches to these patients. Visiting students should follow the directions in their acceptance email to schedule MIS training.

There are both Hematology and Oncology consultation services. Students will have the opportunity to see patients on both services, working directly with the Hematology/Oncology fellows on these services. Attending rounds on the consult services are held Monday through Friday. There is no night or weekend call or weekend rounds.

Students will learn to interpret peripheral blood smears and will be introduced to the evaluation of bone marrow aspirates and biopsies. Students have the opportunity to observe and perform bone marrow procedures under the supervision of the fellow. Students will have the opportunity to attend a variety of half-day outpatient clinics during the rotation. Clinics currently include:

  • breast cancer clinic,
  • GU cancer clinic,
  • GI cancer clinic,
  • leukemia/lymphoma clinic,
  • clinical coagulation clinic
  • cancer genetics clinic.
  • benign hematology/hemophilia clinic.

Educational conferences offered during this rotation include:

  • Hematopathology Conference,
  • Coagulation Conference,
  • Hematology/Oncology Grand Rounds,
  • Breast Cancer Tumor Board,
  • Gyn Oncology Tumor Board,
  • NT Tumor Board,
  • Surgical Oncology Tumor Board,
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma Tumor Board,
  • Lung Cancer Tumor Board, and
  • Melanoma/Sarcoma Tumor Board.

 Educational goals for students taking this elective include:

  • interpretation of peripheral blood smears,
  • evaluation of bone marrow aspirates,
  • understanding the approach to patients with anemia, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, pancytopenia, bleeding, hypercoagulable states, splenomegaly and lymphadenopathy.

The diagnostic approach to and treatment of patients with common solid tumors, including: colorectal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and lymphoma, will also be discussed along with the basics of chemotherapy. Opportunities for education in the area of bone marrow transplants will also be available. 

Regardless of a student's eventual career selection, an understanding of common blood disorders and common cancers will be of great benefit.