Bone Marrow Transplantation (M-319)


This elective provides an introduction to bone marrow transplantation and its role in lethal acquired hematological diseases including leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and aplastic anemia. Students will be introduced to the clinical and biological basis of marrow transplantation; the basic concepts of immunogenetics and their importance in the selection of recipient and donor matches; and the principles of management of transplant-related disorders such as graft failure, graft-versus-host disease, and transplant-associated infections, as well as techniques for removing T-cells or alternatively selecting progenitor cells for transplant purposes.

Students will accompany the attending and fellow during daily rounds, attend out-patient BMT clinics 1-2 afternoons/week and attend weekly Marrow Transplant Rounds with other members of the service. Students will observe a bone marrow transplant and will participate in other modes of transplantation used for patients lacking a matched donor, i.e., T-cell depleted marrow grafts, partially matched marrow grafts, and umbilical cord grafts. Students will also audit a web-based curriculum for the BMT electives (16 lectures) developed by the National Marrow Donor Program. They will have a one hour/week meeting with a junior faculty member or senior fellow to review the material from the web-based curriculum as well as discuss issues that may have come up on rounds/in clinic.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations



One module

Students per Module

Maximum of 2

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

A (July 5 - July 29) (Closed to international students)
C (August 29 – September 23 (Closed to international students)
D (September 26 - October 21)
E (October 24 - November 18)
F (November 21 - December 16)
G (January 3 - January 27)
H (January 30 - February 24)
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)