Hem/Onc Clerkship

Welcome to the Elective Rotation in Hematology/Oncology for Third and Fourth Year Medical Students. We have recently updated the educational components of this rotation to give you a broader experience while allowing you to focus on your chosen area of hematology or oncology.

Requirements of the clerkship include mandatory attendance at the following conferences

  • Department of Medicine Grand Rounds on Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. (usually in LR-D)
  • Hematology/Oncology Grand Rounds on Thursdays mornings at 7:45 a.m. (usually in T2500)
  • Fellow Case Conferences twice a month
  • Tumor Boards
  • Resident Teaching Sessions 

Reading materials will be made available online in the near future

Benign Hematology:

1 - Overview of Anemia

2 - Bleeding Disorders

3 - Sickle Cell Anemia

4 - Thrombocytopenia

5 - Thrombophilia

6 - Metabolic Disorders

Oncology Overview:

7 - Overview of Chemotherapy (Cytotoxic Drugs & Molecularly Targeted Therapeutics)

8 - Oncologic Emergencies

9 - Neutropenic Fever

10 - Management of Adverse Events (Pain Management, Control of nausea & vomiting)/Palliative Care

Malignant Hematology:

11 - Common Leukemia's

12 - Lymphomas

13 - Multiple Myeloma

14 - Stem Cell Transplantation

Solid Tumors:

15 - Gastrointestinal Cancers

Colon Cancer

Renal Cancer

16 - Breast Cancer

17 - Lung Cancer

18 - Head and Neck Cancer

19 - Genitourinary Cancers

20 - Gynecological Cancers

21 - Brain Tumors

22 - Miscellaneous References

Expectations of the Hematology/Oncology Rotation

  • You will be responsible for two (2) patient write-ups during each week,
    • Week 1: 1 Inpatient; 1 Consult
    • Week 2: 1 Inpatient; 1 Clinic New Patient
  • Inpatient Service
    • You are expected to round with interns and residents
    • Take the initiative to present your patients on attending rounds
    • Each week, you are required to give a 5-10 minute presentation on a topic relevant to one of your inpatients
    • Provide the attending a copy of a patient admission write-up that includes an H&P as well as an assessment and plan by problem
    • Remember to ask the attending to observe your skills while giving the patient a physical exam and your interaction with the patients
  • Consult Service
    • Participate in consultations on two afternoons each week
    • Remember to ask the attending to observe your skills while giving the patient a physical exam and your interaction with the patients
  • Rounds
    • Pick up patients with interns on inpatient service
    • Take initiative to present your patients succinctly by active problem during attending rounds
  • Outpatient Clinics
    • Outpatient Clinics in the afternoons are required for Thirs Year students on two weekdays. You are expected to attend different clinics on each day of your rotation to gain an appreciation of the various subspecialties within hematology/oncology
    • Case Conferences , organized by the fellows twice a month, provide a good opportunity to learn about various oncologic and hematologic diseases as well as their molecular pathogenesis and modern therapies

We look forward to providing a positive educational experience for each of you. Our goal is to enhance your learning experiences in the sub-specialty of hematology/oncology so that you can take away a good understanding of the problems the patients face as well as the approaches that are currently being used to manage them. We hope that you will also gain an appreciation for various psychosocial aspects, home care needs, the importance of communication with patients and families, goals of care in different settings, and appreciate the art of medicine in situations where only comfort measures are possible. We hope you also understand something about the limitations of the current diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and open questions for future research. Each of our faculty is involved in some research activities and there are numerous opportunities for additional learning experiences and research projects for interested students. We wish you well during your rotation and throughout your professional careers.

Joseph Drabick, MD
Division Chief, Hematology/Oncology