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Medical students participating in this elective will be given a broad overview of the multidisciplinary management of patients with breast disease in the community setting. The course will offer students observational and hands on experience in the care of patients with breast disease while supervised by specialist from multiple medical practices in the areas of breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, and genetics at the Coordinated Breast Care Services (CBCS) ambulatory breast center at IU Health North Hospital. Students will expand their knowledge related to the clinical decision making, and complex communication with patents who have breast cancer. Students will actively participate in problem solving and communication with breast patients as part of the multidisciplinary team.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Janet McClure (jmcclur4@iuhealth.org)

Director: Kandice Ludwig, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health North Breast Care (Carmel)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Apply evidence and critical thinking to real breast care patient situations and recommend evidence-based clinical plans (PC3)
  • 2) Demonstrate effective communication with anxious breast patients, family members, and friends: listening carefully and respectfully, providing appropriate information, making a human connection, and assessing for understanding (ISC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (The students participating in this elective keep a log of their exposure to clinic encounters, surgical procedures. They are observed directly in the clinical setting and evaluated by the faculty. Operative skills are not evaluated as that is not the primary goal of this rotation. At completion of the rotation, they meet with the coarse director and go through a post-test regarding common knowledge of breast disease. They are expected to present a patient at obreast conference for multidisciplinary discussion, and perform a short oral presentation on a topic of their choosing).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 45

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical; 30% Library

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Janet McClure (jmcclur4@iuhealth.org)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Treatment of breast cancer is truly multidisciplinary, so the students get vast exposure to other health professions. Each breast cancer patient is followed by a RN nurse navigator, social worker, and nurse practitioner at time of survivorship. We utilize the other professions on an as needed basis depending on the need of the patient.

Service Learning Included: None