Surgical Oncology Mentorship

Brief Description

A mentorship with one surgical oncologist but includes time with other surgeons and in the cancer center.

Objectives

The student will gain familiarity with risk assessment, screening, natural history, surgical treatment, adjuvant therapy and patient follow-up of the major cancers. The student will also learn about the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, tumor registries, clinical research (ACOSOG, ECOG) and an integrated cancer program.

Learning Experience

The student will primarily assist in the care of Dr. Ryan's patients. This will usually include 2 days in the operating room and 2 days in the clinic each week, as well as inpatient rounds and time for discussion of and reflection on the day's patients. 1or 2 days each week will be spent with other surgeons or cancer providers. The student will be required to attend Surgical Grand Rounds on Monday mornings and the multi-disciplinary Tumor Board each Wednesday afternoon. The student may attend other surgical conferences, hospital conferences, and surgical medical student lectures as will fit into his/her schedule. The student will be given a syllabus to read and discuss over the month.

Feedback

Critical feedback will be provided by the faculty.

Evaluation

Evaluation will be given by Dr. Ryan through observation of the clinical activities.

Data

Maximum number of fourth year students per month: 1.  Housing is provided when available, with the exception of the months of June and July.  No automobile is necessary.  Night call each Monday (usually) with Dr. Ryan is optional.  Rotations of less than 4 weeks are available.

Course Director

Dr. M. Bernadette Ryan

Faculty

Will vary but includes other members of the surgical department and cancer center.

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