Multidisciplinary Clinical Oncology

LOCATION: Ruby Memorial Hospital of the WVU Hospitals, Inc. Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: Malcom Mattes, MD and additional multidisciplinary coordinators 
DURATION: 2 weeks
OFFERED: Intermittently (July 16 - 29, 2018 and February 18 - March 3, 2019)
STATUS: Elective


This rotation immerses students in real-world multidisciplinary, inter-professional delivery of clinical oncologic care through interactions with the variety of physicians and other allied health professionals who collaboratively plan and coordinate care for cancer patients. This type of experience is important and unique because it will give students access to a broader and more comprehensive exposure to oncology than they would obtain from a rotation in just one oncologic subspecialty. Students may choose to participate in this rotation if they are (1) pursuing a non-oncologic field but would like some background in basic principles of clinical oncology, or (2) if they have an interest in oncology but are unsure what area of oncology to pursue in their post-graduate training.

Methods to achieve objectives:

Students will participate in the outpatient clinics of surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology and palliative care. Additional hands-on experiences will be obtained in the operating room, infusion center, radiation oncology, pathology and radiology.  There will be a daily didactic lecture series covering basic principles of oncology, common cancers in the general population, and contemporary topics in clinical and translational research. There will also be one journal club.  

Examination procedures and evaluation criteria:

Students will perform a pre- and post-rotation test assessing knowledge of basic principles of clinical oncology.  Students will also be given a narrative evaluation by the preceptors that they work with.

Pre-rotation instructions:

Please contact Dr. Malcolm Mattes, , 2-weeks prior to the start of the elective.