McMaster University

McMaster University

Oncology Electives

Clinical Oncology Elective Objectives

This elective is designed to introduce students to the multidisciplinary management of patients with cancer. The student would be associated with medical or radiation oncologists in the Academic Department of Oncology, McMaster University located at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. Through multidisciplinary clinics, medical students will also learn the role of surgical oncologists, palliative care physicians, psychiatrists and other specialists in the development of care plans for these patients.

Objectives will be tailored to student needs. Students will improve their clinical skills. There is also the potential to gain experience in both clinical and basic science research in oncology. This also provides and opportunity to assess career choices in oncology.  Students will assess both the general medical problems of cancer patients as well problems unique to this population. Students will also gain an understanding of treatment modalities including both systemic and radiation therapy.

The student will be scheduled in a variety of disease site outpatient clinics in either medical or radiation oncology.

  • Number of Students: Maximum 4
  • Duration:  Maximum 2 weeks, 40 hours per week for block electives
    Horizontal electives are also available
  • Time of Year: Anytime (except July and August. Limited space in December)


Please do NOT contact faculty directly to arrange electives.

Include the days of the week and the time you are avaialble for a horizontal elective

Please contact:

Heather Thomas
Juravinski Cancer Centre
905-387-9711   Ext. 64628

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