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Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Elective at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York

Course Director:
Gungor Karayalcin, MD
Professor of Pediatrics

The elective is designed to expose the student to Clinical Hematology and laboratory techniques required for hematological diagnosis. The student will acquire skills in history taking and physical examination in children with a wide variety of hematologic and oncologic diseases and will become acquainted with the management of these diseases. The program will include work-up of hematologic patients and planning their investigations and treatment. The student will become acquainted with and gain experience in bone marrow aspiration and morphology of peripheral blood and bone marrow. A teaching microscope is available for this purpose. Results and interpretation of basic hematologic and biochemical tests (complete blood count, blood smear, coagulation studies, hemoglobin electrophoresis, Coombs test) will be emphasized. He/she will participate in the daily Hematology clinic, Transfusion Clinic, ward rounds on the inpatient Hematology-Oncology unit and will assume direct responsibility for patients, with supervision by divisional attendings and fellows. Oncology patients will be seen and examined in the outpatient clinic and the inpatient Hematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation units. Students will attend the weekly Tumor Board meeting where a multidisciplinary approach to oncology patients is presented. The student will be encouraged to carry out a small clinical or laboratory research project.

More details about each pediatric clerkship offered can be found here.

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