SOM Elective Brochure

Electives Type:  Clinical

Elective Title
Clinical Hematology/Oncology in Austin
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 2 
      Additional Requirements:
Successful completion of internal medicine clerkship.
Responsible Faculty Director:
Om N. Pandey, MD
Other Faculty:
Dr. Boone Goodgame, Dr. Alka Mallik
Location to Report on First Day
Contact Judy Terlik at or 512-324-7860
Periods Offered
including Period 12 (June), including the holiday vacation Period 13 (Dec)
Maximum Enrollment

 Provide third and fourth year medical students with training in the principles of Clinical Hematology and Medical Oncology.

 Allow third and fourth year medical students opportunities to study a large number of patients with a broad range of hematologic disorders and common malignancies. This will include: 1. Anemia 2. Hemoglobinopathies and thalassemia 3. Leukopenia and leukocytosis 4. Thrombocytopenia 5. Acute and chronic leukemia 6. Myeloproliferative disorders 7. Myelodysplasia 8. Hemorrhagic and coagulation disorders 9.Lymphoma and plasma cell dyscrasias 10. Common solid tumors including cancers of the breast, lung, colon or rectum, and prostate. 11. Diagnostic approach to these common malignancies. 12. Psychosocial and financial issues associated with management of cancer 13. Evidence based cancer care, especially as it relates to clinical trials in Oncology.

Description of course activities
 Students will make daily hospital rounds and will attend one or more clinics per week with residents or members of the faculty. Students will be instructed in taking a medical history and performing a physical examination focused on hematologic and oncologic disorders. Students will be expected to attend weekly conferences including journal clubs, noon conferences, and a monthly Breast conference and Tumor board. There will be weekly didactic sessions aimed at instructing students in the interpretation of clinically relevant hematologic/ oncologic data.

Type of students who would benefit from the course
 This elective will help prepare all medical students for advanced clinical experiences such as an internship or residency. Visiting students should submit an application through VSAS: Select UTMB at Galveston as the host institution and indicate you wish to take MEDU-4124 on the application.

Weekly Schedule
  Clinical Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Day of Week AM PM
  Monday 8AM- 12PM 1-5 PM
  Tuesday 8AM- 12PM (see extra course activities) 1-5 PM
  Wednesday 8AM- 12PM 1-5 PM
  Thursday 8AM- 12PM 1-5 PM
  Friday 8AM- 12PM (see extra course activities) 1-5 PM
  Saturday none none
  Sunday none none
  Average number of patients seen per week: 3-7  
  Call Schedule:   No night or evening call  

  Research Activities (please insert estimated schedule here)
  Activity Hours per Week
  Faculty contact time

  Self-directed study

  Data collection/analysis


Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Where are students observed on this elective?
    Inpatient service   Ambulatory   Surgery   Standardized patients
Patients simulators   Other
  B. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  C. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Attending Physicians in Hematology/Oncology (Faculty) and IM Residents
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    At least once a day.
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    To be announced at the Beginning of the Elective. Emphasis is placed on presenting a focused Medical History and Physical examination as related to this elective.
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases  Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    Approximately 2 per week
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    Standard H & P
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?   No    If yes, how are they selected?
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
    Selected by faculty and student
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Examination
    Oral   Written multiple choice   Written essay / short answer   OSCE

5.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the elective (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, resident lecture attendance)?
    Students are expected to attend and participate in the discussions at all of the defined conferences, lectures, and clinics. Attendance at the following weekly conferences is required: Tuesdays, 8-9am lecture at Shivers Cancer Center; First Friday, Breast Tumor Board conference, 7-8am, ABC Conf Room; Fourth Friday, Adult Multidisciplinary Tumor Board conference, 7-8am, ABC Conf Room. Students must also attend IM Noon conference daily from 12:15-1pm.

6.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
    Students will be evaluated by the faculty on the basis of oral and written presentations, reports of reading assignments, participation in conferences and ward rounds, interpretation lab data.
7.  If this course is an Acting Internship, please complete the following:
  A. Specify how the student will be given formative feedback on their clinical skills.
B. List advanced clinical skills that a student will be assured an opportunity to practice.
C. List other advanced clinical skills that a student may be exposed to depending on clinical case availability.
  D. How will the acting intern student have responsibilities similar to a PGY1 resident? How will their responsibilities differ?
  E. How will this course help prepare a student enter an internship in this field or a related field?
  F. How will midpoint feedback be provided to the student? How will you remediate deficiencies identified at midpoint?
  G. Acting Internship students often seek letters of recommendation following their experience. How many different faculty are they likely to encounter during this course? What is the usual number of working days they can expect to encounter the same individual faculty member? Describe the degree of supervision and interaction with faculty vs. residents or other providers.