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Department: MEPED-Pediatrics
Course: 508-Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Course Coordinator: Dr. Andrew P. Wilking
Course Faculty: Dr. C. Phillip Steuber
Elective Location: TCH
Periods Elective offered: Qtr: 1,2,3,4
Min. Number of Students:Max: 1
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Pediatric Core
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: No
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: None Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: 0 Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Variable Surgery: 0
    Laboratory 0
  Didactic: 0
  Other: 0
Statement of Goals:
The student may spend time on the inpatient and outpatient services at the Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers. The student works with the course director to determine whether inpatient or outpatient (or both) experiences best meets his or her needs.
Learning Activities
During the outpatient experience, the student attends clinic daily. The clinic sees approximately 60 hematology and oncology patients every day. The student reviews the patient's chart with one of the attending physicians, nurse practitioners or fellows in the clinic and then takes a history and perform a physical exam. The patient is also seen by one of the hematology/oncology staff members. The student enters the visit details in the clinics electronic medical record and presents the case to the faculty. The student is then a part of the process of planning either for evaluation and/or treatment of the patient. The students attend meetings of the hematology solid tumor and leukemia teams every week. The inpatient rotation takes place on the 9th floor of Texas Children's Hospital where the majority of hematology/ oncology patients are hospitalized. The student works with the attending/ fellow team and the residents to provide care for children with cancer and blood diseases. The student makes rounds with the attending and fellow daily. During rounds, the student presents patients that they have been following. The student works with the fellows to evaluate the x-rays, laboratory, and pathology findings that relate to their patients. The student is a part of all parent and patient conferences. The student also attends teaching rounds with the residents every morning. On the Consultation Service, the student works with one fellow and one attending to evaluate inpatient consultations. During all four weeks of the rotation, the student attends the Tuesday afternoon tumor board, Wednesday morning neuro-oncology tumor board, and the Thursday morning hematology/oncology research conference. A major feature of this elective is the opportunity for the student to work closely with the attendings, fellows, and nurse practitioners of the Texas Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers. Cancer is the most common cause of non-traumatic death in children older than one year of age. By the year 2000, it is estimated that 1 in 900 American adults will be survivors of childhood cancer. This elective gives the student the opportunity to become familiar with the major features of pediatric hematology/oncology. It also gives the students an opportunity to explore their interests in a career in academic sub-specialty pediatrics. A research elective in one of the Section's laboratories can be arranged through the course director.
Evaluation Methods
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Contact Carrie Will for details
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Carrie Will
Contact Phone: 832-822-4207
Contact Fax: 832-825-1503
Contact Location: Clincal Care Center; 6701 Fannin St., Suite 1510; Houston, TX 77030
Address: TCH 3-3320
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