Course Description

A three week block covering core concepts in cancer biology, development, diagnosis and therapy with the following weekly themes:

  1. Leukemia/Lymphoma/Chemotherapy/Stem Cell Transplant.
  2. Breast Cancer/Molecular Therapy/Survivorship/Cancer Research.
  3. Prostate Cancer/Melanoma/Cancer Immunology/Prevention.

Learning Objectives

Educational program objectives are a subset of more broadly defined physician competencies, which represent general domains of performance for which the profession and the public hold physicians accountable.

Upon completing the Oncology Block, students should be able to:

  • Discover the biologic basis and the principles underlying the detection, diagnosis, staging, grading and prevention of cancers, including: lymphoma/leukemia, breast cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer.
  • Describe the mechanistic basis of cancer treatment, including: surgical resection, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal ablation, molecular target therapy, immunotherapy, tumor vaccines and personalized medicine approaches.
  • Recognize oncologic emergencies and discuss palliative care of cancer patients.
  • Identify cultural, behavioral, occupational and environmental factors affecting the treatment and prevention of cancers.
  • Discuss diagnostic tests and procedures, reason deductively and collaborate to arrive at provisional diagnoses during simulated patient care exercises.
  • Document simulated patient data and communicate them effectively and collaboratively with the team.
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical and social issues and assess information in educational resources during simulated patient exercises.
  • Show integrity in all interactions with peers and professional colleagues.