Breast Diseases

Credits: 4.00 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Sites: BIDMC
Directors: Houlihan, Mary Jane
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not offered July, August and September.
Time: 8:00 am, first day.
Location: Meet on Shapiro 5 Breast Care Center, Dr. Houlihan's office
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
This course is multidisciplinary in nature, designed to help the fourth year student develop an understanding of both benign and malignant breast disease, and the problems encountered by women suffering from them. The experience will focus on honing basic clinical and surgical skills, as well as developing an understanding of and appreciation for the psychosocial aspects of breast disease. As such, this course is aimed at the generalist student, not just students considering surgery as a career. Students will spend 25 hours a week in clinical activities in the Breast Care Center at BIDMC. Students will be assigned their own patients, and be responsible for taking histories, performing physical examinations, reviewing mammograms and ultrasounds, and evaluating the patient's problem and developing therapeutic options. In cases where surgery is indicated, the student will follow his/her patient, actively assist in the surgery, and meet during surgery with the pathologist diagnosing the surgical specimen. Students will follow their own patients post-operatively, and participate in planning their management. Students will also participate in the multi-disciplinary breast clinic and spend time in Breast Imaging and Pathology.
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