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Electives - Hematology/Oncology

Hematology/Oncology - Salem

Elective Number: 1610 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Edgar Castillo D’Andreis / Dr. Cengiz Inal

Rotation Location: Building 2A, room 1A-1010

Supervisor Office Phone/Email: Edgar.CastilloDandreis@va.gov; VA Pager 0049, ext 3050 / Cengiz.Inal@va.gov; VA Pager 0052, ext 1291

Designated Signer: Clerkship Director or Attending on Duty

Evaluation should be given to: Attending on Duty

Duration: Maximum open, Minimum 4 weeks

Available: all Rotations

For Orientation, Report to: Linda Ferguson-Saunders or Brenda Casinger, Medical Service Student Coordinators

Time to Report: 1:00 pm

Place to Report for Orientation: Building 143 C1-56; room 1EF-115 or 1EF-116

Typical day: 8:00 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: 2

Course Description: This elective offers the student an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of problems in Hematology and Oncology in the setting of a community hospital. The student will evaluate all Hematology and Oncology consultations and review the data, including peripheral blood smear and bone marrow, with the resident and attending on the service. The student is expected to follow the patients during their hospital stay and follow-up ambulatory visits after discharge. Attending rounds are held on all weekdays and the Hematology Clinic meets five afternoons a week. There are no night or weekend call or weekend rounds. The emphasis of this elective will be teaching the morphology of blood cells, evaluation of patients and understanding the pathophysiology of common hematologic/oncologic disorders. The student will participate in the subspecialty conferences available: Tumor Board: Tuesday at 3 p.m., Bldg. 143.

A thorough knowledge of growth and differentiation of normal hematopoietic progenitor cells is desirable. To aid the student in gaining experience in Medical Oncology and Adult Hematology the curriculum emphasizes formal instruction in:

  • understanding the basic principles of normal hematology so that the abnormal may be clearly understood.
  • examination of peripheral smears and bone marrow aspirates/biopsies
  • clinical presentation, initial work-up, diagnosis and differential diagnosis of individuals with hematologic or oncologic conditions
  • clinical exposure to patients emphasizes a coordinated multidisciplinary approach in both the inpatient and outpatient settings
  • review of current molecular and immunological tools which apply to patient management, diagnosis and treatment
  • observing specialized procedures when available.