IU School of Medicine



Students will participate in the outpatient and inpatient management of children with hematologic and oncologic diseases. This includes the evaluation of new patients, those presenting for chemotherapy, those presenting for complications of their disease, as well as those patients presenting for routine follow-up or long-term follow-up. Students will participate in review of peripheral blood smears. Students will also follow one patient (chosen early in the course) and see them for all visits and prepare a presentation on a certain aspect of their illness. Students will also participate in weekly tumor board.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: Dennis O'Brien, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: Lutheran Hospital Pediatric Hem/Onc Clinic (IUSM - Fort Wayne)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain the pathophysiology, history, and principles of therapy for the major childhood cancers (MK3)
  • 2) Describe the basic mechanisms and side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy (MK4)
  • 3) Explain the pathophysiology, history and principles of therapy for the major childhood hematologic diseases (sickle cell, ITP, hemolytic anemia, iron deficiency anemia, hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, neutropenia (MK2)
  • 4) Describe the role of the multidisciplinary team (nurses, social workers, child life therapists, etc)) in the treatment of childhood cancers and hematologic disorders (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Clinical Observation; Presentations)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Presentations

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinators.  For Family Medicine electives contact the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program at 260-422-6573.  All others contact Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu or 260-481-0224. or Gina Bailey (gibailey@iupui.edu or 260-481-6731..

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Our clinic healthcare team includes physicians (2), nurses (8), social workers (3), child life therapists (2), and a music therapist (1). Additionally, pharmacy students are frequently in clinic as well. The student will have opportunities to work with child life and social workers, especially, to see how they help care for pediatric patients with chronic illnesses (cancer, sickle cell, etc

Service Learning Included: None