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Neuro-Oncology (NEW for SMD17)

Elective Number: 1705 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Camilo Fadul

Coordinator: Erica Cook (emc9k@virginia.edu)

Duration: 4 weeks

Available: Rotations 1-14 (students should contact Erica Cook to sign up)

Report to: Dr. Fadul

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: 6th Floor, West Complex, Room 6227

Typical day: 8:00 am - 5:00 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: 1

Course Description: The Neuro-Oncology elective is offered during each four-week rotation during the year. The student will spend time observing and participating fully with the faculty in Neuro-Oncology clinics, consultations, rounds, tumor boards, and peer to peer instruction. Required reading, research, individualized research, and clinical experience will expose students to the typical diagnostic processes and treatment protocols followed in various typical cases. Clinical observation, immersion, listening to patient accounts, and exposure to patients teach to take medical history, enhance physical examination skills, understand different types of diagnostic testing available, taking steps according to protocols to confirm a diagnosis, and develop care management plans for the most frequent Neuro-Oncology problems. Clinics will include exposure to: metastases (brain, leptomeningeal); non-metastatic (neuropathy, dementia, chemo and the brain); brain tumors (anaplastic astrocytoma, anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, general tumors, glioblastoma, low grade gliomas, medulloblastoma, meningioma, neurocytoma, primary Central Nervous System (CNS) lymphoma), and symptom management (glioma care, headaches, brain tumor management, seizures and anticonvulsants).

Learning Objectives:

1) Describe how to diagnose and manage the most frequent and typical Neuro-Oncology problems.
2) Identify issues regarding treatment options and interdisciplinary management of patients diagnosed with primary brain tumors.
3) Integrate scientific concepts and innovations in the fields of neurology, oncology, pathology, and radiation in the clinical management of patients with Neuro-Oncology disorders.
4) Describe the basics of Neuropathological diagnostic procedures
5) Understand the rationale for care plans, safe delivery, and observe outcomes of chemotherapy and biological therapy on patients