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Medical Oncology at UMMC - MCAC 548


Successful completion of the Internal Medicine clerkship and be in the 4th quarter of third year.


University of Maryland Medical Center
Greenebaum Cancer Center


  1. Perform primary management in the care of patients with blood-related malignancies and/or solid tumors,
  2. Develop skills in blood smear interpretation,
  3. Perform and interpret bone marrow examinations,
  4. Become familiar with the role of marrow/stem cell transplantation in the treatment of malignant neoplasms.


Students will work closely with faculty, residents, and hematology/oncology fellows in the care of patients with malignant diseases. Students will learn about the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, treatment and complications of the most common solid and hematologic malignant neoplasms. Students are assigned to either the Leukemia or Solid Tumor service.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday through Friday - Yes
Shift work - No
Evenings - Yes
Weekends - Yes
Call – Yes, until 9 pm

Course Director:

Philip C. Dittmar, MD, FACP

Administrative Contact:

Theresa Jackson
(410) 328-6070
Fax: (410) 328-0267  

Additional Information:

Teaching conferences include Attending Rounds seven days per week, Morning Report (Mondays-Fridays), and Medical Grand Rounds on Wednesdays at noon. Key faculty of the Department of Medicine at University of Maryland Medical Center and the Chief of the Medical Service at the VA hold a special clinical conference weekly for the student interns on Thursdays at 2:30pm. Sub-interns are also welcome to attend all noon resident conferences during the week.

Learning during duty hours will be by preceptor and problem-oriented record keeping. Students will be taught to be skilled in phlebotomy, starting intravenous lines, examining body fluids, taking and interpreting EKGs and other laboratory test results required for optimal patient care.

All students electing a medical sub-internship are required to spend at least one month at one of the primary teaching hospitals (University Medical Center, VA Medical Center, or Mercy Medical Center). Schedule change requests must be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the rotation. It will NOT be possible to change a rotation after this time.


Last Revision: January 9, 2014