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Elective Title: 82MH721 — HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY


The clinical aspects of hematology/oncology will be taught. The experience will include inpatient hospital rounds with the attending physician. There will be inpatient and outpatient consultations and follow-ups. Particular insight will be gained into the clinical manifestations and proper management of anemia, leukopenia, coagulation problems, myeloproliferative disorders, leukemia, lymphomas and solid tumors. The basic emphasis will be on adult hematology/oncology. There will be weekly multi-disciplinary tumor board approach to the diagnosis and treatment of malignant disease. The main advantage is the one-on-one experience. The rotation will cover over forty topics in Hematology/Oncology. Two topics will be covered daily. All of our staff are board certified and we have received many awards for our teaching expertise. Students, interns and residents under our tutelage have scored consistently better than 90% of the nation on board scores. Workbook and computer disc of all the topics covered will be provided. If references from students/residents are desired, they will be provided.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu)

Director: Mark Browning, M.D.

Campus: Evansville

Location: Oncology Hematology Associates of Southwest Indiana (Evansville)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Participate in the multidisciplinary clinical care of the Hematology-Oncology patient (SBP1)
  • 2) Describe the primary treatment options for the common hematologic and oncologic conditions (MK5)
  • 3) Demonstrate a basic understanding of the diagnostic approach to the patient with a new diagnosis of hematologic disorder and/or 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) Review a peripheral blood smear and apply to the clinical situation (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Clinical Observation by course director/preceptor(s): this is based on the student's interaction, participation and performance in clinical activities and demonstrated professionalism while on the rotation.)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 15% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH: Contact Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu) at IUSM-Evansville for enrollment permission. Priority will be given to 4th-year students, with consideration of 3rd-year students who have completed their core clerkship. Visiting students will be considered upon review of a secondary application process.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None