Adult Psychosocial Oncology
Gain exposure to the interaction of characterological, psychosocial, and medical factors during the continuum of cancer care from diagnosis to terminal illness.
Develop an understanding of common psychiatric problems occurring in oncology patients, including both primarily psychiatric syndromes and emotional components of distressing medical symptoms.
Identify, assess and work therapeutically with patients who are fearful, uncertain, or struggling with dependency, loss of control and other psychological issues associated with life-threatening illness.
Apply pharmacologic principles to the treatment of cancer patients needing psychotropic and/or analgesic or other palliative medications.
Choose non-pharmacologic therapies appropriate to needs of patients and their families using a psychodynamic understanding of the patient's personality style, values, relationships and other resources.
Reflect on the personal and professional impact of providing care for patients and families, and identify personal strengths and weaknesses.
Duration: 2 weeks
Report to Dr. Peteet on Monday morning at 9 AM (Dana 2-023); the clinical day is usually 9 to 6, with no overnight call
Supervising clinicians: Dr. John Peteet, beeper 42306, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dana 2-023, and Psychosocial Oncology Faculty