IMED661JM.11 (Las Vegas)

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Hematology/Oncology
  • Short Name: IMED661JM.11 Hematology/Oncology
  • Course Number: IMED661JM.11
  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Preceptors:
    • Banshi Kashyap, M.D., FACP
    • Desh Sharma, M.D.
    • Rita Maity-Mukherjee, M.D.
    • Majed Abuhajir, M.D.
    • Delva Deauna-Limayo, M.D.

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • Gain understanding of the natural histories of common oncologic and hematologic cancers.
  • Learn to diagnose and stage neoplasms, including immunophenotypic presentations of hematologic cancers, tumor markers in specific solid cancers and the prognostic and predictive factors and molecular markers unique to each malignancy.
  • Learn the treatment of specific malignancies including the role of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
  • Become familiar with different types of chemotherapy and immunotherapy in the treatment of cancers.
  • Understand the indications for bone marrow biopsy.
  • Be proficient in review of peripheral smear and bone marrow biopsies and recognize cardinal morphologic characteristics of common hematologic disorders.
  • Understand the diagnosis and management of patients with coagulation and thrombotic disorders.
  • Work up and manage patients with anemia, thrombocytopenia and leucocytosis and leucopenia.
  • Control pain.
  • Be familiar with concepts of palliative care and manage terminally ill patients with cancers.
  • Review radiologic work up of patients such as CT scans, MRI, PET and other scans.
  • Be familiar with troubleshooting and management of complications of central venous catheters.

Description of Rotation

The student will be assigned to a staff physician/preceptor on a weekly basis for four week rotation. The student is expected to have daily participation in the care of cancer patients in the outpatient setting where chemotherapy, intravenous antibiotics, and supportive care are provided. Students are expected to see new consults, review laboratory and imaging studies and pathology reports under close supervision of an attending physician. Each patient presents a teaching opportunity. Cases will be discussed with the supervising physician and may be presented at the weekly multidisciplinary tumor conference. Attendance at the tumor conference will be required.


  • UpToDate available online
  • Williams Manual of Hematology, 8th Ed (2011); Marshall Lichtman (editor)
  • Cancer Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach 14th Ed (2013); Daniel G. Haller, MD (editor)

Evaluation Method

Evaluation will be based on student performance in all the above throughout the rotation.


  • 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

Available to UNR Med students only.


VA Hospital Southern Nevada Healthcare System
6900 N Pecos Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89086

To schedule an elective, please contact Anthony Terrell

Ph: (702) 671-2348