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Subinternship in Pediatric Oncology


The student will spend the elective period on the in-patient unit. Responsibilities will include the admission, work-up, and management of children with malignancy under close supervision. Patient load will be tailored so that the sub-intern will have time to search the literature and actively participate in rounds and treatment planning and to attend conferences, seminars, and lectures. Through the management of children with serious chronic disease and superimposed acute complications, the student will gain experience in many aspects of pediatric care: oncology, hematology, infectious disease, nutrition, fluid and electrolytes, neurology, psychology, etc. Please note: ONLY 4th-year students may register for this MSK elective.

Learning Objectives

  1. Obtain a complete and reliable history in pediatric cancer patients.

  2. Perform a thorough physical examination in pediatric oncology patients.

  3. Organize and deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient’s history and examination.

  4. Explain the findings on clinical history and examination that suggest a hematologic or oncologic disease which requires further evaluation and treatment. 

  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology, presenting signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic procedures for common pediatric hematologic and oncologic conditions

  6. Develop an efficient approach to finding information resources related to pediatric oncology (i.e.., internet, medical literature, textbooks) to obtain rapid information relevant to a presenting patient problem.

  7. Understand the role that research (clinical, translational, basic sciences) plays in the treatment of pediatric cancers. 

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