MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has the fourth greatest number of cancer patients of hospitals in Maryland with significant numbers of lung, breast, colorectal, melanoma and gynecological cancers. The students will participate in the initial evaluation of patients with cancer diagnoses (staging, psychosocial impact of diagnosis) and differential diagnoses, and in general discussions of therapies (multimodality approach). The student will gain some understanding of how investigational drugs are evaluated, clinical trial design, microscopic evaluation of peripheral blood and bone marrow, evaluation of the patient with anemia and other issues. This rotation takes place primarily in an ambulatory setting, which sees about 20 patients daily. Consultations on the inpatient units are also encouraged. We expect that the student will attend three one-hour didactic conferences each week.
Hours of Participation: 8/day
Availability: July – June
Number of Students: 1
Course Directors: William Waterfield, MD, Chief of Oncology; Stephen Noga, MD, PhD, Chief of Hematology
Additional Information: Teaching conferences include: Didactic Noon Conference, Medical Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Mortality and Morbidity Conference. Weekly core lectures/presentations are offered to students.
Students have access to Knowledge-Based-Network point-of-care system. The computer-based reference material is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes multiple CD-ROM textbooks with search capability, as well as direct Internet access.
The hospital offers a wide range of ancillary services allowing students to focus their time primarily on patient care and education. Free parking is provided.
For more information about elective clerkships, e-mail Alicia.K.Seidl@MedStar.net