OB505M.23

Gynecologic Oncology

Credits: 4.00 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Sites: BWH, DFCI
Directors: Berkowitz, Ross Stuart
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description:
The course is designed to provide a sound background, relevant to neoplastic disease in general, in the early detection, diagnosis and management of gynecologic cancer. Weekly clinics will be devoted to early detection of cervical neoplasia and the correlation of clinical cytologic and histologic findings. Students will have an opportunity to actively participate in surgical, radiotherapeutic and chemotherapeutic management of individual patients. Investigative aspects of anti-cancer pharmacology and immunology will be considered.
Learning Goals:
Learn the pathogenesis and prevention of precancerous and cancerous diseases of the female reproductive tract.
Learn diagnosis, management and follow-up of gynecologic cancers and their premalignant conditions.
Expose students to the operative management and the use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the management of gynecologic malignancy.
Expose students to developing concepts in the understanding of gynecologic malignancy and the development of novel therapies.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Students are provided reference materials, including current articles, that are related to the management and pathophysiology of gynecologic malignancy. This material emphasizes the relationship between management and basic science and evidence-based medicine data.
Evaluation:
Observation and participation in clinics, operating room, on the wards and during informal presentations with specific attention to integrity, interpersonal skills, professionalism, communication skills, fund of knowledge, participation and attendance. Feedback from faculty, fellows, residents, nurses and other ancillary staff.
Grade Criteria:
High Honors:
Top 5%-10% of students who have rotated through the elective. Consistent high honors in all categories from all evaluators.
Honors:
Top 80%-90% of students who have rotated through the elective. Consistent honors in all categories from all evaluators.
Satisfactory:
Top 50%-80% of students who have rotated through the elective. Consistent satisfactory in all categories from all evaluators.
Unsatisfactory:
Fails to meet the absolute minimum standards expected of a 4th year student with respect to integrity, interpersonal skills, professionalism, communication skills, fund on knowledge, participation and attendance.
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