PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM:  Students must have completed all M3 Core Clerkships.

PURPOSE: The goal of the elective is for the students to be able to diagnose and treat benign and malignant breast disease.

COMPETENCIES: The objectives of this rotation are for the student to be able to:
•  Perform an accurate, focused breast history and examination;
•  Diagnose and treat benign and malignant diseases of the breast;
•  Stage breast cancer, interpret pathologic reports and recommend surgical/adjuvant treatments for breast cancer;
•  Perform an office ultrasound, perform office based biopsies, interpret mammograms and recommend diagnostic modalities;
•  Discuss the evolving new technologies and trends in breast cancer care.

•  This clinical program consists of office-based outpatient clinic experience three times a week where a student will be actively involved in evaluating and treating breast cancer patients while being supervised by the breast surgeons.
•  Instruction regarding office-based ultrasound/biopsies will be provided, and students will have a hands-on opportunity to practice use of ultrasound.
•  Faculty lectures covering breast surgery topics will be given three times a week.
•  Student will be expected to attend the stereotactic breast conference every week where pathologist/radiologist and surgeons meet to discuss the pathology and management of image guided biopsies.
•  Student will work with a dedicated mammographer in interpreting mammograms and ultrasounds and will learn the techniques of image guided biopsies.
•  Twice a week the student will follow patients seen in the office to the operating room. They will also participate in the postoperative care of these patients.
•  Overall, a multidisciplinary breast surgery elective will be offered to enhance a student’s ability to diagnose and treat breast diseases. .
ASSESSMENT: Performance will be evaluated based on subjective assessment, and a formal presentation by the student will be part of the evaluation.


Program Number: ELEC 807
Location: MHMC
Program Director:  Claudia Perez, M.D. , Saundrya Lomax (Coordinator)
Telephone: 312-567-2074

Duration: 2  Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: No
Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 27
Laboratory/Independent Study: 12
Outpatient: 10
Inpatient: 3
Total Hours /Week: 52

Reporting Instructions:

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