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Medical Student Electives: Surgical Oncology Mentorship

Surgical Oncology Mentorship

Brief Description

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


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 patients from a member of the attending staff. 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 days patients. One or two 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 multidisciplinary Tumor Board each Wednesday afternoon. The student may attend other surgical conferences, hospital conferences, and surgical medical student lectures as will fit into her/his schedule. The student will be given a syllabus to read and discuss over the month.


Critical feedback will be provided by the faculty.


Evaluation will be given through observation of the clinical activities.


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


Members of the Attending Staff.