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Breast Surgical Oncology

LOCATION: Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTORS: Hannah Hazard, MD
DURATION: 2 weeks minimum
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective


The primary objective of the clerkship is to provide the student with exposure to the unique issues as they relate to the breast cancer patient. This includes but is not limited to:

  1. Pre and postoperative patient management (imaging, pathology, laboratory, etc)
  2. Surgical approaches and techniques, including breast conservation, mastectomy, and nodal evaluation
  3. Non-surgical adjunctive management
  4. The role of the surgeon in the multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer patients
  5. Workup and management of benign breast disease

Rotating students will be provided an experience with the total management of the breast cancer patient, including preoperative and postoperative management, the methods of surgical intervention available, exposure to the multidisciplinary approach to care of cancer as well as benign breast disease, and to undersstand surgical and adjuvant therapy options.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

Students will be responsible for delivery of patient care. The responsibilities will include: (1) Attendance in multidisciplinary cancer clinic. (2) Rotation with faculty in Surgical Oncology, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Genetics, and Rehabilitation. (3) Follow patients whom they meet in clinic and on whom they have operated as well as participating in their post-operative care. (4) Ward responsibilities will be shared with the resident staff and supervised by the faculty. (5) Delivery of care in the outpatient setting by attending scheduled clinics with faculty mentors. (6) Attendance and presentation of cases at Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conferences. (7) Oral presentations (2) to breast tumor board and to the surgical oncology team.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Available in the department. A final written evaluation will be generated by the preceptor based on student attendance in clinics and in the operating room. Evaluation criteria will also include faculty and resident feedback on the student's clinical performance as well as the student's oral presentations at the conclusion of the rotation.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Please contact Rochelle Thomas, rochelle.thomas@hsc.wvu.edu two weeks prior to rotation start date.