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Infectious Diseases in the Cancer Patient (Course Code: M-108)

Elective Course Description

The student functions as a member of the Infectious Diseases Consultation Service at Memorial Hospital, working with a fellow and attending physicians. A broad range of infectious diseases are seen, including those complicating neoplastic disease, AIDS, and other conditions resulting in impaired host immune function. The student will learn to apply microbiological laboratory methods to the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases. Dedicated time in the microbiology lab is also available for additional hands-on experience. There is a weekly Infectious Diseases Service clinical conference, a weekly lecture series, and a weekly journal club. Opportunities are available for interested students to participate in clinical and laboratory research activities of the service. Please note: Only 4th-year students may register for this MSK elective. 

Learning Objectives 

  1. Obtain a complete and reliable infectious disease related history.

  2. Perform a focused and reliable physical examination in patients.

  3. Gather and interpret pertinent radiologic and microbiologic data relevant to patients being seen on the infectious disease consult service. 

  4. Organize and deliver a thorough oral presentation of the patient’s history, physical, and relevant data; an initial attempt at formulating an assessment and making recommendations for the patients’ infectious disease concerns should be made.

Suggested Readings 

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Neutropenic Patients with Cancer: 2010 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America

For the program calendar, please see the elective module dates section of our website.