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The word oncology is derived from the Greek word
ongkos, meaning "a bulk or mass," which later was changed
to mean "a tumor." Medical oncology is the subspecialty which
involves the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant
neoplasms. Oncologists typically identify individuals at risk for
malignancy and counsel them regarding risk reduction and screening,
investigate clinical symptoms and syndromes suggestive of
underlying malignancy, identify and treat neoplasms with a
potential for cure, and undertake the care of patients with solid
and hematologic tumors to prolong life and/or palliate
Important procedural skills for the oncologist include bone
marrow aspiration and biopsy and, for some oncologists, fine needle
aspiration of the thyroid and breast. In addition, the oncologist
is an expert in interpreting bone marrow cytogenetics and
immunophenotyping, cytology and pathology, estrogen and
progesterone receptor assays, and serological molecular markers for
Medical oncology fellowship training requires two years of
accredited training beyond general internal medicine residency. Of
the two years, a minimum of 12 months must include clinical
training in the diagnosis and management of a broad spectrum of
tumors. In addition, a minimum of one half-day per week must be
spent in a continuity outpatient clinic for the entire two-year
Dual certification in hematology and medical oncology requires
three years of full-time combined fellowship training which must
include: (a) a minimum of 18 months of full-time clinical training
with patient care responsibility; (b) a minimum of 12 months in the
diagnosis and management of a broad spectrum of neoplastic diseases
including hematological malignancies; and (c) a minimum of six
months of training in the diagnosis and management of a broad
spectrum of non-neoplastic hematological disorders. During the
entire three years the trainee must attend at least one outpatient
clinic for a minimum of one half-day per week and be responsible
for providing continuous care to a defined cohort of patients being
managed for neoplastic and hematological disorders.
The American Board of Internal Medicine, ABIM, offers certification in medical
oncology, and hematology and oncology.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 10 Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited training
programs in Medical Oncology with 69 active positions.
December 2014 Issue of IMpact
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