The six-month rotation in oncology is primarily an outpatient training experience focused on providing psychosocial oncology services to patients at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute within the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center
. In the outpatient setting, interns will complete initial psycho-diagnostic assessments and learn to deferentially diagnose psychological disorders in the context of medical illness.
As an essential member of a multidisciplinary team, you will provide psychotherapy for patients with a variety of cancer diagnoses (primarily breast and gynecologic tumors). Interns will complete brief cognitive screens to assess cognitive functioning and intervene to assist patients in developing skills to manage treatment-related cognitive effects.
Common presenting problems include depression, anxiety, end-of-life concerns, survivorship issues, pre-existing mental health diagnoses, cancer recurrence worry, difficulty managing treatment and side effects (pain, nausea, fatigue, additional medical complications such as graft versus host disease), medical decision making and communication with medical teams and family. There may also be opportunities to help co-facilitate group therapy with the oncology population including both patients on active treatments or longer-term cancer survivors.
Interns will have the opportunity to participate in the psychosocial oncology grand rounds on topics essential to the psychosocial care of patients with cancer. Interns can also participate in the psychosocial oncology case conference, a monthly inter-professional meeting where complex patient cases are discussed. You will be encouraged to give an educational talk on a topic of your choice as part of the James Care for Life
Survivorship Programming for patients with and survivors of cancer. Research opportunities are also available depending on your time and interest.