Clinical experience

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Objective 8

Many important clinical skills must be learnt by experience. The five cancer clinical experiences that medical students need before they graduate include:

  1. Talking with and examining people affected by all stages of cancer
  2. Talking with and examining people affected by all common cancers
  3. Observing all components of multidisciplinary cancer care
  4. Seeing shared decision-making between people with cancer and their doctors
  5. Talking with and examining dying people


Definitions:

  • Examine – experienced the salient features (e.g. seen, felt)
  • Talk with – discuss symptoms, effects, plans and reflections
  • All stages of cancer – early, locally advanced, locally recurrent and advanced
  • All common cancers – breast, prostate, lung, colorectal, melanoma, gynaecologic, lymphoma and leukaemia
  • All components of multidisciplinary cancer care – includes people preparing for, undergoing and having had cancer surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, palliative care and other supportive care