IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93RT710 — ONCOANATOMY


The intent of this course is to serve as a supplement to the anatomy course for medical students particularly interested in oncologic sub-specialties. We will take an in-depth look at cancers originating in the 1. head and neck, 2. breast, 3. lung, 4. upper gastrointestinal tract, 5. lower gastrointestinal tract, 6. genitourinary region as well as their respective lymph node drainage patterns. The students will have the opportunity to observe daily radiation oncology contour rounds, have a daily small group anatomy review session, scrub into the OR, and work with radiology and anatomy departments to get a detailed understanding of oncoanatomy.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dr. Shapiro (shapiror@iupui.edu)

Director: Ronald Shapiro, M.D., MBA

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: VAMC

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the role of anatomy in the natural history of the locoregional spread of cancer (SPB1)
  • 2) List the basic TNM staging criteria (PC2)
  • 3) Describe the role of anatomy in treatment decisions (in surgery and radiation oncology)(MK3)
  • 4) Differentiate organs at risk and explain the potential toxicity of radiation or surgery to nearby structures (MK4)
  • 5) Provide a hands-on perspective of an anatomic correlate to disease-based atlases (MK)
  • 6) Provide a correlate between oncologic anatomic abnormalities in imaging modalities (PC2)
  • 7) Discuss the general oncologic management (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Case Reports = 10% each (x5 = 50%); Final Report and Presentation = 50%)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

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

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dr. Shapiro (shapiror@iupui.edu) 1. Classroom Approx 1-1.5 hour per day (M-F) 2. Operating Room Approx 4 hours per surgery 3. Dissection Lab Variable

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: The students will work with dosimetrists, professionals who design radiotherapy plans.

Service Learning Included: None