PEDI661MM.01 (Reno)
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Short Name: PEDI661MM.01 Pedi Hemat/Oncology
  • Course Number: PEDI661MM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department Contact: Diane Hamada
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Preceptors:
    • J. Martin Johnston, M.D.
    • Jacob Zucker, M.D.

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • To increase the student's knowledge base, clinical skills, and decision making capabilities in the care of children with hematologic and oncologic disorders
  • To evaluate the patient with hematologic and oncologic abnormalities
  • To interpret the peripheral blood smears of infants and children
  • To gain exposure to common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • To communicate with families in a manner that demonstrates compassion and assures parental comprehension of the child's illness and treatment

Description of Rotation

This elective provides the opportunity to evaluate and follow children and young adults with hema¬tologic or oncologic disorders, as well as adults with pediatric malignancies in both in-patient and out-patient settings. The student will function as an integrated member of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology team in the care of patients hospitalized for evaluation and treatment, as well as routine and acute "walk-in" patients in the out- patient clinic. Students will be encouraged to follow newly diagnosed patients for evaluation and continuity, as time allows. Additionally, established patients will provide a broad perspective of the various diagnoses in both hematology and oncology. Emphasis will be placed on general knowledge of the clinical approach to children with anemia and other red cell disorders, neutropenia, platelet and coagulation disorders, and pancytopenia. Likewise, general knowledge of childhood cancer including incidence, prognosis, and integrated multi-disciplinary care will be provided. Lastly, competence with interpretation of the CBC, peripheral blood smear, and bone marrows will be established.



  • Nathan and Oski's "Hematology of Infancy and Childhood" textbook
  • Pizzo & Poplack's "Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology" textbook

Evaluation Method

The preceptor, on the basis of performance, skill, knowledge and attitude will evaluate the student.   The degree of responsibility will be determined by student progress during the rotation.

Standard pediatric clerkship evaluation form is to be completed by the preceptor


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

Limited to one student per rotation.  Student must obtain written or e-mail pre-approval from the Department.