..Year 4 and VISITING STUDENT ELECTIVES
- Oncology Electives Description
- Western's General Elective Information
- Learning Objectives
- Type of Clinical Experience
Visiting Student Electives (for NON-Western University Medical students)
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 Jen Foxcroft 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 Jen Foxcroft
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)
Jen Foxcroft - Program Administrator
London Regional Cancer Program
See Map for driving directions campus layout
CODE: ONC RAD A
- 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.
CODE: ONC MED B
- 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
CODE: ONC RES A
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)
For further general elective information, refer to Western University, Clinical Electives Handbook
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
- In-patient and Out-patient
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
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Medical Sciences Building, Room M100
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1
tel: (519) 661-2111 ext. 87855
fax: (519) 661-4043
- 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.
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.
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