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Visiting Student Electives (for NON-Western University Medical students)


Oncology Electives Description

The London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) offers clinical electives to undergraduates in fourth year providing a more focussed outpatient and inpatient ward experience in Medical or Radiation Oncology with clinical assignments. 

Additionally, there is excellent opportunity to do a number of diagnostic/therapeutic procedures under the supervision of the consultants within the Clinic, i.e. lumbar punctures, bone marrows, thoracentesis.

Night and Weekend Call: Elective students are not required to be on call during their elective period in Oncology

Evaluation Procedure - Pass/Fail

Number of Students Accepted - Each Block: Only 1 student each Block.

Orientation is normally held at 8:30a.m., on the first day of the elective.  Please contact Kimberly Trudgeon regarding the location one day prior to your start at above email or phone number provided below.

Pagers: Pagers are not provided to elective students

Parking: See Map for driving directions and campus layout. The London Regional Cancer Program (out patient area) is located in the A-zone of the building.

Lockers: A limited number of lockers are available for use during your elective period. Please provide your own lock. Lockers are assigned at the beginning of your rotation and not beforehand. Students can obtain lockers through Kim Norton


The Ivan H. Smith Memorial Prize:
Awarded to the final year medical student demonstrating outstanding interest in Oncology. Donated by the friends of the late Dr. Ivan Hamilton Smith. Value: $300
See Registrars for more details


Dr. Belal Ahmad - Program Director (Radiation Oncology)

Dr. Michael Sanatani - Program Director (Medical Oncology)

Kimberly Trudgeon - Program Administrator

Office Location:

London Regional Cancer Program
790 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario, N6A 4L6
Phone: (519) 685-8600 x 53177
Fax: (519) 685-8739
Email contact: Kimberly Trudgeon

See Map for driving directions campus layout


Radiation Oncology
- 2 week rotation
- 1 student assigned to a radiotherapist for one week at a time
- attends O.P. clinics and MDT rounds
- to cover main tumour sites
- performs in-hospital consultations
- learns about the indications for and side effects of radiotherapy
- attends simulations
- attends all rounds
- inpatient care as per attending
- attend O.R.


Medical Oncology
- 2 week rotation
- emphasis on outpatient clinic experience
- attendance at follow-up and new patient clinics for common malignancies
- attendance and participation in multi-disciplinary rounds
- learns about the indications for and side effects of chemotherapy for common



A student with a specific interest may put in writing a request to Mrs. J. Foxcroft with a one page research proposal.  Should a student not have a research project, a meeting with the undergraduate coordinators will be arranged to match academic interest with available supervisors. The research project needs to be approved by Dr. Robby Stein prior to the start of the 4th year (September)


Western's General Elective Information

For further general elective information, refer to Western University, Clinical Electives Handbook


Learning Objectives

During the course of caring for patients under supervision, the student shall demonstrate that he/she has developed the following skills at a level of competence appropriate for a final year student:

- Professional relationship with patients
- History-taking skills
- Physical Examination
- Diagnostic skills
- Management skills (including judgement)
- Data organization (for recording and/or presentation)
- Professional relationship with colleagues
- Responsibility and dependability
- Cognizance of limitations
- Intellectual curiosity
- Factual knowledge


Type of Clinical Experience

  • In-patient and Out-patient



Visiting Student Electives (for NON-Western Medical students in their final clerkship year)

All students from other Universities interested in doing an elective in Oncology, must direct all elective enquiries to the Western University's Visiting Student Elective offices at

VSE Program:

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
Medical Sciences Building, Room M100
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1
tel: (519) 661-2111 ext. 87855
fax: (519) 661-4043
e-mail: electives@schulich.uwo.ca

Please note the requirements for visiting elective students as the UWO has two different policies for Canadian Medical Schools and International Medical Schools.

  • Prospective applicants MUST contact the Visiting Student Elective offices at the Western University directly before making any other arrangements with Departments within the Western University.
  • All applications MUST first be approved by the Visiting Student Elective office at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, at the Western University before further arrangements can be made with the individual departments.

Elective Availability

With the expansion of the Western University medical classes, elective space is extremely limited and visiting students should understand that not all applicants receive an elective. Priority will be given to the Western University's medical students, then followed by students attending Canadian medical schools and other students from approved international medical schools. We encourage you to use the space available on the application form to list as many elective locations/choices as possible. (Please also indicate your field of interest in Oncology - i.e. Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, or Both). We typically only accommodate a 2 week elective request in the Department of Oncology. The 2 week elective can be split into 1 week of Radiation, and 1 week Medical Oncology, or both 2 weeks can be dedicated to either Radiation or Medical Oncology - it is your choice to choose your option.