Pediatric Cancer Rehabilitation (Course Code: PEDS-221)

Elective Course Description

This elective is designed for medical students interested in pediatrics, pediatric oncology, neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation. The student will learn to evaluate, diagnose and treat specific musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and developmental issues specific to our pediatric cancer population, including children with leukemia, lymphoma, neuroblastoma, sarcoma, bone marrow transplant and brain tumor patients. Rehabilitation interventions, activity/exercise precautions and long-term functional sequelae related to cancer and its treatment will be reviewed. The student will work with a physiatrist evaluating patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Opportunities to attend pediatric tumor boards, multidisciplinary meetings, journal clubs, educational sessions, as well as pediatric physical and occupational therapy sessions will be provided. Educational materials and relevant pediatric cancer rehabilitation articles will be provided at the beginning of the elective.

Learning Objectives 

  1. Obtain a comprehensive physiatric history and physical examination

  2. Appreciate different types of functional limitations/sequelae of pediatric cancer and cancer treatments

  3. Appreciate the unique aspects of physical and occupational therapies in children with cancer, including therapy/exercise precautions

  4. Become familiar with different types of bracing, assistive devices and other pediatric equipment and indications for each

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