Adult Long-Term Follow-up


This elective is designed to provide an introduction to the care of the cancer survivor. The elective will be centered in the Adult Long-Term Follow-Up Program, which provides risk-based care for adult survivors of childhood and young-adult cancers. Typically, the survivors in this program were treated before age 40 for a variety of cancers including: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma; pediatric sarcomas such as osteosarcoma, Ewings sarcoma, and rhabdomyosarcoma; brain tumors such as medulloblastoma and astrocytome; leukemia; neuroblastoma; retinoblastoma; and Wilms tumor. Some Adult Long-Term Follow-Up patients have been treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplant.

Under the supervision of the attending physicians, the student will function as part of the Adult Long-Term Follow-Up multidisciplinary team (including a nurse practitioner, a nurse, a psychologist, a nutritionist, and a social worker). Responsibilities include attending our clinical conference and outpatient sessions, as well as visiting patients who have been admitted to the hospital. The student will also participate in a range of educational activities including independent reading, Medical Grand Rounds, and other conferences. Over the course of the elective, the student will be expected to gain proficiency in case presentations, learn to create a survivorship care plan, understand diagnostic and management strategies in survivorship, and become familiar with the concept of risk-based care.

Suggested Literature

Oeffinger KO, Hudson MM, Landier W. Survivorship: Childhood cancer survivors. Prim Care Clin Office Pract 2009:36;743–780.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations



One module (4 weeks).

Students per Module

Maximum of one 

Elective dates (students applying through VSAS should refer to calendar information there)

C (August 29 – September 23 (Closed to international students)
D (September 26 - October 21)
E (October 24 - November 18)
F (November 21 - December 16)
H (January 30 - February 24)
I (February 27 - March 24) (Closed to international students)
J (April 3 - April 28)
K (May 1 - May 26)
L (May 29 - June 23) (Students must receive permission to apply from the Medical Student Coordinator prior to submitting an application)