Breast Surgical Oncology (S-121)


The Breast Surgery Service annually averages more than 2,500 cases and 4,000 new patient visits. Currently there are 13 full-time academic breast surgeons on the service. The medical student will be assigned to one of four surgical breast teams and will round with the fellow who is responsible for pre- and postoperative patient care and performs operations under the direction of the attending surgeon on his/her team. In addition, the medical student will attend the office hours of the attending surgeons in order to gain experience in the outpatient management of breast cancer and benign breast disease. The Breast Surgical Service holds a weekly lecture series and monthly journal club moderated by an attending physician with expertise in the topic to be discussed. In addition, a multidisciplinary conference is held weekly to discuss breast cancer management issues across all specialties including medical oncology, plastic surgery, radiology, radiation oncology, and psychiatry.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations



One module

Students per Module

Maximum of 1

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)
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)