IU School of Medicine



This elective is designed to expose the student to the outpatient diagnosis and management of the more common hematologic problems as well as outpatient management of childhood leukemia and solid tumors. During the elective the student will have the opportunity to learn the proper interpretation of peripheral blood smears and bone marrows of children with a wide variety of pediatric hematologic and oncologic disorders. The student will participate in didactic teaching sessions given by pediatric hematology-oncology staff and senior fellows in conjunction with the inpatient program. The student will also have the opportunity to attend clinic conferences, pediatric tumor board, coagulation conference and microscope rounds. A syllabus of selected literature articles will be available for the student's use as well as current textbooks of pediatric hematology-oncology and the student will be expected to read sections pertaining to patients seen while on the elective as well as selecting topics of importance for a well-rounded experience in pediatric hematology-oncology.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Kat Overholt (koverho@iu.edu)
Kristy Pilbeam (kpilbeam@iu.edu)

Director: Kathleen Overholt M.D. and Kristy Pilbeam, D.O.,  

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Drs. Batra, Carter, Croop, Fallon, Ferguson, Hege, Jackson, Jacob, Mueller, Nalepa, Overholt, Pilbeam, Pradhan, Ragg, Shih, Vik, Yancey, and Kristy Pilbeam (Co-Director).

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform a focused history and physical exam pertinent to the hematologic system (PC1)
  • 2) Evaluate and suggest treatment options for common conditions such as anemia, easy bruising, nosebleeds, lymphadenopathy, or thrombocytopenia (PC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; presentation at tumor board or conference)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Pediatric clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Lecture; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Kat Overholt (koverho@iu.edu) and Kristy Pilbeam (kpilbeam@iu.edu) This elective (93KI740) is principally an outpatient elective. If the student is interested in an inpatient "acting internship" elective and wants experience in pediatric hematology-oncology, the student should take the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Ward Elective (93KI790). This elective is recommended for students planning a career in pediatrics, combined pediatric-INTERNAL MEDICINE, or pediatric hematology/oncology. This elective (93KI740) does not include exposure in pediatric stem cell (bone marrow) transplant patients. If the student has a specific interest in stem cell transplantation, the student should contact the course director to develop a special pediatric stem cell transplant elective.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students routinely work with Pharmacists, social workers, or nursing to manage the needs of patients coming for consultation.

Service Learning Included: None