Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Elective

Department: Pediatrics
Title of Course: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Course Director: Yoram Unguru, M.D., M.S., M.A.
Description and Goals of Course:

The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology offers a one-month rotation to medical students. The Division is staffed by 5 full-time board certified pediatric hematologist/oncologists, 2 pediatric nurse practitioners, as well as, dedicated nurses with broad expertise in the range of blood and cancer disorders in children.  Additionally, the Division has a dedicated child life specialist, art therapist, case manager, social worker, and a laboratory technician.

Outpatient clinic is held five days a week. In addition to the outpatient clinic, there is ample opportunity to see inpatients with teaching occurring in both settings. Hematology and oncology clinical review conference occurs weekly and is attended by the entire clinical team; all patients seen during the week are discussed. Children, adolescents, and young adults are seen for diagnostic work-ups and for management of a variety of hematologic and oncologic disorders, including sickle cell anemia and other anemias, hemostatic disorders such as ITP and hemophilia, and malignant disorders such as leukemia and numerous types of solid tumors. The state-of-the-art outpatient clinic is an ideal setting for learning.  A teaching microscope connected to a large screen T.V. offers the opportunity to review blood smears and bone marrow aspirations with the attending physician.

By the end of the rotation, the student is expected to be able to better evaluate the child with anemia, leukopenia, or thrombocytopenia, and learn how common malignant disorders first present to the pediatrician. The student will also learn the complications of therapy and the effects on the immune system of these diseases and their treatments. He or she should be comfortable in evaluating a peripheral blood smear for more common disorders such as iron deficiency, sickle cell disease and mononucleosis. Although this course is not meant to teach students the latest chemotherapeutic protocols or to make them an expert bone marrow morphologist, there is ample opportunity for students to pursue, in depth, any topic of interest in this specialty. The student also has the opportunity to interface with patients and their families who are dealing with chronic and sometimes fatal disorders.


Duration: 4 weeks
Hours of Participation: Full-time; no missed day allowed
Number of Students: 1 per month
Location: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
2401 W. Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Time of Year Available: Varies
Additional Comments: Interested students should be in their 4th year of residency and have completed a basic pediatric clerkship with a passing score on USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX 1. 
Contact: Medical Education Office to schedule a rotation

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Medical Education Office
Phone: 410-601-7639