OB505M.1

Gynecologic Oncology

Sites: BIDMC
Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Katharine Esselen
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.Closed October 2016- March 2017
Location: BIDMCE - BI-Deaconess Med Ctr-East (1)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: This course is primarily a clinical experience, focused on providing the student with a fund of knowledge in the diagnosis, natural history, and management of gynecologic tumors. The multidisciplinary approach to cancer management will be emphasized. Students will attend weekly colposcopy clinics. Students will also see patients with attendings during outpatient sessions. Each student will be assigned several patients to follow in the hospital. The student will perform the preoperative evaluation, attend surgery, and follow the patient postoperatively. Management will be discussed with the faculty at daily beside teaching rounds. The students will present their patients at a weekly multidisciplinary gynecologic tumor conference and be expected to provide a discussion of management options. During the four weeks, the student will be expected to prepare a literature review relevant to a case on the service. The topic will be selected together with the course director and will emphasize the multimodality approach to cancer management. The student will prepare a oral report of his/her literature review.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Basic science content and evidenced based medicine are incorporated in the course in all aspects in the care of our patients. In the OR we review the surgical approach and discuss the relevant anatomy. In the post-operative time period we review the data about how best to care for our, at times very sick patients. Finally we utilize a multidisciplinary treatment planning conference to discuss the use of surgery, adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation which really highlights basic science research and data in our field.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: The student consistently demonstrates an exceptional level of knowledge of the principles of patients with gynecologic malignancies. The student has an exceptionally good ability to work within the team to assist in the care of patients. The student demonstrates an exceptional ability to perform a thorough physical exam and present the case in an efficient manner to members of the team. Honors: The student consistently demonstrates an excellent level of knowledge of the principles of patients with gynecologic malignancies. The student has an excellent ability to work within the team to assist in the care of patients. The student demonstrates an excellent ability to perform a thorough physical exam and present the case in an efficient manner to members of the team. Satisfactory: The student consistently demonstrates an basic level of knowledge of the principles of patients with gynecologic malignancies. The student has the ability to work within the team to assist in the care of patients. The student demonstrates an the ability to perform a thorough physical exam and present the case in an efficient manner to members of the team. Unsatisfactory: The student consistently demonstrates a lack of basic knowledge of the principles of patients with gynecologic malignancies. The student has a difficulty in the ability to work with the team to assist in the care of patients. The student demonstrates and inability to perform a thorough physical exam and present the case in an efficient manner to members of the team.