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The objective of this elective is to provide the 3rd and 4th year students with an opportunity to evaluate a wide diversity of diagnostic and therapeutic problems in the areas of hematology and medical oncology. Direct patient contact and care of the adult hematology/oncology patient will be emphasized with supervision. Emphasis will be placed upon the multi-disciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of malignant diseases. Evaluation and management of benign hematologic conditions, as commonly seen by internists and family practitioners, will also be stressed. The main advantage of this elective is the one-on-one experience. The rotation will include time with the medical oncologists, inpatient and outpatient oncology nurses, infusion nurses to understand the basics of chemotherapy administration, the clinical trials team, laboratory technicians to understand the basics of hematology laboratory procedures, oncology pharmacists to develop a basic knowledge of the vast assay of chemotherapeutic agents and biological response modifiers, social workers, nutritionists, and the dedicated hospice/palliative care team. Time may also be arranged with radiation oncology, radiology, surgical sub-specialists, and pathology as desired and deemed appropriate by the student. The rotation will cover numerous topics in Hematology/Oncology. Particular insight will be gained into the clinical manifestations and proper management of anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, coagulation problems, myeloproliferative and myelodysplastic disorders, myeloma, acute and chronic leukemias, lymphomas, and various solid tumors. Topics will be presented relative to the patient population seen, but will also cover the most general topics in the fields of hematology and medical oncology. End-of-life issues will be explored as a necessary part of the concept of �total care of the advanced stage patient�, including hospice and palliative care issues. Available references will include the standard hematology and medical oncology textbooks, standard online resources, and pertinent medical literature.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Suzi Tolliver (stolliv@iu.edu)

Director: Laura S. Lourdes, M.D.

Campus: Bloomington

Location: IU Health SIP

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Participate in the multidisciplinary clinical care of the Hematology-Oncology patient (SBP1)
  • 2) Describe the primary treatment options for the common oncologic conditions (MK5)
  • 3) Demonstrate a basic understanding of the diagnostic approach to the patient with a new diagnosis of cancer (PC3)
  • 4) Recognize characteristic side effects of chemotherapy (MK4)
  • 5) Analyze benign hematologic abnormalities common to the primary care setting (MK1)
  • 6) List the benefits of psychosocial and supportive care in management of the oncology patient (SBP2)
  • 7) Apply the concept of �total care� to the advanced oncology patient (SBP1)
  • 8) Describe the integrated roles that health care team members play in the management of our patients (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Student will assessed by preceptor's direct observation of the students clinical performance including patient interaction, documentation, and presentations.)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical, 5% Library/Research, 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Suzi Tolliver (stolliv@iu.edu) A student apartment is available on a first come, first serve basis. The student should contact Suzi Tolliver (stolliv@iu.edu) prior to starting the rotation to confirm availability.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None