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Orthopaedic Surgical Oncology (Course Code: S-144)

Elective Course Description

The medical students will become active members of the Orthopaedic Service, treating benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors. Pathophysiology, diagnostic techniques, and surgical principles will be emphasized in an orthopaedic environment. The students will be an integral part of the orthopaedic unit, participating in all inpatient, outpatient, and surgical activities, as well as six hours of didactic and Socratic conferences weekly. They will be required to learn the elements of musculoskeletal examination, interpret imaging studies, and present their evaluations to supervisory team members. Additionally a short formal presentation is required.

Learning Objectives 


  1. Learn to evaluate and stage primary and metastatic disease to bone.

  2. Learn to evaluate imaging of musculoskeletal tumors.

  3. Learn the fundamentals of management of pathological fractures, and primary tumors such as osteogenic sarcoma.

Suggested Literature


  1. Meyers PA, Schwartz CL, Krailo M, Kleinerman ES, Betcher D, Bernstein ML, Conrad E, Ferguson W, Gebhardt M, Goorin AM, Harris MB, Healey JH, Huvos A, Link M, Montebello J, Nadel H, Nieder M, Sato J, Siegal G, Weiner M, Wells R, Wold L, Womer R, Grier H. Osteosarcoma: a randomized, prospective trial of the addition of ifosfamide and/or muramyl tripeptide to cisplatin, doxorubicin, and high-dose methotrexate. J Clin Oncol. 2005 Mar 20;23(9):2004-11.

  2. Brennan MF, Antonescu CR, Moraco N, Singer S. Lessons learned from the study of 10,000 patients with soft tissue sarcoma. Ann Surg. 2014 Sep;260(3):416-21; discussion 421-2.

  3. Healey JH, Morris CD, Athanasian EA, Boland PJ. Compress knee arthroplasty has 80% 10-year survivorship and novel forms of bone failure. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Mar;471(3):774-83.

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

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