Course Description

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

  1. Hematopoietic neoplasms/stem cell transplant /chemotherapy
  2. Breast cancer/prostate cancer molecular therapy/survivorship/cancer research.
  3. Cutaneous cancers including 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 pathological basis and principles underlying the detection, diagnosis, staging, grading and prevention of cancer, including lymphoma/leukemia/myeloma, breast cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer.
  • Identify the genetic abnormalities associated with the malignant lesions covered in the block. Demonstrate how the genetic changes are utilized to classify hematological malignancies, as well as predict prognosis for cancers, including lymphoma/leukemia/myeloma, breast cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer.
  • Describe the mechanistic basis of cancer treatment, including surgical resection, chemotherapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, 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.