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

Course Director: Youngna Lee Kim, M.D.
Course Faculty: Mehmet Fatih Okcu, M.D.,Surya Rednam, M.D.,Olive Eckstein, M.D.,Amber Mehell Mayfield Yates, M.D.,Rajkumar Venkatramani, M.B.B.S.,Donald L. Yee, M.D.,Donald H. Mahoney, Jr., M.D.,C. Phillip Steuber, M.D.
Elective Location: TCH
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1B,1C,2A,2B,2C,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B,4C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 1
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Pediatrics
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): M-F 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
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. In general the ambulatory rotations are Monday-Friday usually between the hours of 8am and 6pm. There is no night call or weekend responsibilities. In patient hours are similar but occasionally extend more into the evening. These rotations may also involve rounding on the weekends depending upon the particular assignment.
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 performs 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 patients are hospitalized. On the oncology services, the student works with the attending/fellow team and the residents to provide care for children with cancer. The student makes rounds with the attending and fellow daily. During rounds, the student presents patients that that they have been following. The student works with the fellows to evaluate the x-rays, laboratory, and pathology findings relate to their patients. The student is a part of all parent and patient conferences. The student also attednds teaching rounds with the residents every morning. ON the hematology services, the student works with 2 fellows and one attending to evaluate inpatient consultations and to care for service patients with hematologic problems. During all 4 weeks of the rotation, the student attends the Tuesday afternoon tutor board, Wednesday morning neuro-oncology tumor board, Wednesday morning Hematology conference and the Thursday morning hematology/oncology research seminar. A major feature of this elective is the opportunity for the student to work closely with the attendings, fellows and nurse practioners of TCH Cancer and Hematology Centers. Cancer is the most common cause of non-traumatic death in children older than one year of age. 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.
Evaluation Methods
Students are given a summary evaluation at the end of the elective. Performance assessments are obtained from the individual faculty members to whom the trainee was assigned. This is done by one of the program directors and compile this information into a single form.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
TCH Clinical Care Center, 15th floor, Suite 1510
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Carrie Will
Contact Phone: 832-822-4207
Contact Fax: 832-825-1503
Contact Location: 6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1510

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