Breast Diseases

Sites: BIDMC
Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Mary Houlihan
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not offered in April 2016. Not offered July, August and September.
Location: BIDMCW - BI-Deaconess Med Ctr-West (12)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: Students may add themselves to the waiting list for this course during add/drop periods but not during lottery periods. Please contact Dr. Mary Houlihan,, for approval to enroll. This course is multidisciplinary in nature, designed to help the fourth year student develop an understanding of both benign and malignant breast disease, and the problems encountered by women suffering from them. The experience will focus on honing basic clinical and surgical skills, as well as developing an understanding of and appreciation for the psychosocial aspects of breast disease. As such, this course is aimed at the generalist student, not just students considering surgery as a career. Students will spend 25 hours a week in clinical activities in the Breast Care Center at BIDMC. Students will be assigned their own patients, and be responsible for taking histories, performing physical examinations, reviewing mammograms and ultrasounds, and evaluating the patient's problem and developing therapeutic options. In cases where surgery is indicated, the student will follow his/her patient, actively assist in the surgery, and meet during surgery with the pathologist diagnosing the surgical specimen. Students will follow their own patients post-operatively, and participate in planning their management. Students will also participate in the multi-disciplinary breast clinic and spend time in Breast Imaging and Pathology.