IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 20SG710 — SURGICAL ONCOLOGY


To familiarize medical students with the multidisciplinary management of cancer patients with respect to surgical oncology. The emphasized disease sites will include gastrointestinal cancers (esophagus/stomach, hepatobiliary, pancreas, colon), sarcoma, melanoma, endocrine, breast and lung cancers. Management will focus on current methods of screening, prevention and treatment strategies for various malignancies.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu)

Director: Urs von Holzen, M.D.

Campus: South Bend

Location: Goshen Center for Cancer Care (Goshen)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the etiology of common cancer conditions (MK2)
  • 2) Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for common cancer conditions with respect to surgical oncology (PC3)
  • 3) Recognize indications for and interpret tests used in the evaluation of cancer patients (PC3)
  • 4) Demonstrate an appropriate physical exam of the patient (PC1)
  • 5) Apply basic knowledge of multidisciplinary management of cancer in the inpatient and outpatient patient care setting (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form;( Assessment is by faculty observation and oral presentations during rounds. The course director will collate and summarize evaluations from other faculty and healthcare team members).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Completion of Surgery Clerkship

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical; 20% Library/Research; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All South Bend electives must go thru the South Bend campus coordinator. Contact Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu or 574-631-1870). IU Health Goshen Hospital has housing available but is limited.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None