Department of Oncology
School of Medicine Queen's University

Goals and Objectives

These generalized goals and objectives of the rotation are to increase the resident’s knowledge regarding the indications and treatment options for common cancers and to recognize and manage common complications of cancer and its treatment. As per the specific competencies, the resident will be able to:

Medical expert/clinical decision maker:

  • Perform a focused, accurate and complete history and physical examination as pertaining to an oncology patient
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the roles of chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy, radiation and surgery in managing cancer patients at various stages of disease
  • Recognize the differences between adjuvant, curative and palliative therapies and demonstrate general knowledge regarding the indications for these in the common solid tumors and lymphoma
  • Recognize, anticipate and manage general medical problems experienced by cancer patients appropriately
  • Recognize and manage common oncologic emergencies
  • Recognize and describe common acute and chronic toxicities associated with common antineoplastic agents and the prevention and management of these toxicities


  • Elicit relevant information from the patients/families to assist in patient care
  • Convey information to patients/families regarding diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options in a compassionate and effective manner
  • Communicate effectively with other health care providers to ensure consistency and continuity of patient care
  • Utilize the electronic record as a means of communication between health care providers


  • consult and involve other physicians and health care professionals in patient care when appropriate
  • participate in multidisciplinary team activities including patient oriented and educational rounds


  • understand the finite limitations of health care resources and incorporate the principles of evidence based medicine to make management decisions that maintain the best interest of the patient
  • work effectively and efficiently in a cancer care setting

Health Advocate:

  • identify risk factors important in the development of malignancies and provide appropriate counseling to patients and families

  • identify those settings where the role of cancer screening is established and promote preventative strategies

  • recognize and respond to issues in which advocacy on behalf of cancer patients is appropriate


  • review and critically appraise medical information and incorporate the use of evidence into daily clinical decision making

  • develop skills necessary in medical education of patients, students, residents and other health professionals

  • gain exposure to clinical trials and recognize their importance and contribution to the evolution of medical oncology as a subspecialty


  • deliver quality care with integrity, honest and compassion exhibit personal and interpersonal professional behaviors

  • practice medicine in an ethically responsible manner, respecting the medical, legal and professional obligations of belonging to a self-regulating body

Your evaluation will consist of feedback from each preceptor.  Once finalized and discussed with you by the medical oncologists that you've spent the most time with, it will be submitted electronically through one45.

In addition, an end-of-rotation evaluation from you is equally important in order for us to make any necessary improvements to the rotation. One will be sent to you through one45. Please complete and submit within 1 week of completing your rotation.