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Section of Gynecologic Oncology

Clinical Services

Members of the division provide radical, reconstructive, conservative and minimally invasive surgery as well as management of chemotherapy for gynecologic cancers. In addition, together with our radiation oncology colleagues, we provide radiation therapy with state-of-the-art equipment. A comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach integrated with deep commitment to research offers our patients the finest and latest in gynecologic cancer care.

For further information regarding clinical gynecologic cancer services click here.

The mission of the Gynecologic Oncology service is three-fold: to provide comprehensive care for all women with pervasive or invasive gynecologic malignancies in a dignified, compassionate manner; to provide an environment conducive to learning for patients, their families, and physicians; and to foster research at both clinical and basic science levels in order to continuously improve our current knowledge in the cause and in the treatment of cancer.

Members of this section participate in national cooperative study groups, including Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (TROG). Our active involvement in these clinical trials not only keeps Tulane at the forefront of cancer research, it also provides access to treatment options that otherwise would not be available to patients. In addition, members of this section are collaborating closely with Tulane scientist to develop new and promising treatments for cancer, including ovarian cancer.

Resident Education

Residents in training participate in all clinical aspects of our service, including radical surgery. In addition, there are ample opportunities to be involved in clinical research.

The gynecology-oncology rotation is one month in length. The house officer is responsible for the supervision of the coverage for oncological in-patient service. S/he is either the surgeon or first-assists on appropriate cases. S/he presides over the Radiation oncology clinic, colposcopy clinic where s/he works closely with the oncologist attending. S/he also attends the general obstetrics and gynecology clinics and continuity clinics. During this rotation s/he takes night call at University Hospital or Tulane-Lakeside where call duties would include coverage for obstetrics and gynecology services.

Medical Knowledge

  • Develop core knowledge of critical care for oncology patients
    • Diagnosis and treatment of fluid and electrolyte imbalance, cardiac arrest, shock, hemorrhage, multisystem failure and nutritional problems Complex surgical staging procedures
    • Complex surgical treatment for gynecological cancer
  • Expand core knowledge of:
    • Risk factors associated with gynecological malignancies
    • Historical and physical findings associated with a gynecological malignancy
    • Screening tests for gynecological malignancies
    • Embryology, anatomy, histology, and physiology of the emale urogential tract, the bowel, and the pelvis
    • Vascular, lymphatic and nerve supply to the pelvic organs
    • Gynecological cancer staging
    • Surgical treatment for gynecological cancer
    • Alterations in immune mechanisms that result from cancer and chemotherapy
    • Genetics and how it relates to treatment and inheritance of cancer
    • Abdominal surgery principles
    • Preoperative evaluation
    • Postoperative care
    • Intraoperative complications

Patient Care

  • Cancer staging of gynecological cancers and correlate stage with prognosis
  • Refine surgical skills in the retroperitoneal space
  • Identify the ureter from the kidney to the bladder
  • Perform:
    • Ovarian cancer debulking
    • Radical hysterectomy
    • Surgery on the vulva/vagina
  • Manage intraoperative complications:
    • Cystotomy
    • Enterotomy
    • Hemorrhage
  • Manage postoperative complications
    • Fistulas
    • Pelvic abscess
    • Bowel obstruction
  • Coordinate critical care for oncology patients

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Develop skills in counseling:
    • Medical, legal, and ethical implications of "Do not resuscitate" order
    • Recognize and know how to deal with the durable power of attorney for patients and the legal rights of this individual
    • Counsel patients regarding burial options
    • Counsel patient regarding autopsy and understand how to obtain an autopsy consent
    • Understand who can consent for an autopsy in this state
  • Demonstrate understanding of the unique psychological social, and sexual problems that may arise as the patient and her family cope with gynecological cancer and treatment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to support the morale of the patient with compassion and understanding throughout the disease course
  • Demonstrate sensitivity when address issues in terminal care
  • Provide an adequate sign-out to the on call team to ensure excellent continuity of patient care

Professionalism

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the stress, and anxiety of family members who take care of terminally ill patients
  • Recognize how family dynamics impact the care of a terminally ill individual
  • Develop leadership skills that help your team cope with the stress of taking care of dying patients
  • Refine your skills in dealing with difficult patients and family members

Practice Based Learning

  • Investigate the impact of palliative care on quality of life
  • Investigate psychosocial issues of dying patients
  • Use appropriate information resources to identify evidence-based literature, evaluate the quality of data, and apply results to specific patient care issues

System Based Practice

  • Recognize how long-term health care insurance works
  • Recognize the impact the care of the terminally ill patient has on the Medicare budget
  • Develop an awareness of how the cost of screening tests compare to the cost of treatment of a cancer patient
  • Recognize the importance of GOG protocols
  • Recognize the difference between Phase I, II and III trials

Learning Resources

  • The Obstetrics and Gynecology Library and the Tulane Rudolph Matas Library, and the resident call room have major obstetrics, gynecology, and gynecology-oncology textbooks, journals, instructional videos and access to computers.
  • Residents attend Grand Rounds and didactic resident conference
  • Attending round on current in-hospital patients.
  • Chief Residents' round which occurs twice daily and where short educational presentation are given
  • Review of all surgical cases by Chief Resident with all team members weekly prior to surgery day
  • Alternating Mondays - Gynecology-Oncology/Pathology Conference: in conjunction with faculty from the Pathology department
  • Weekly Tumor Board on Wednesday – multidisplinary meeting where residents are responsible for case presentations

Evaluations

  • Direct verbal feedback is encouraged by the faculty and upper level resident so that resident performance can be commended or improved during the rotation
  • Surgical competency is being evaluated with the use of Global rating scale of operative performance. Immediate feed-back is available for the resident to review and discuss with the attending physician
  • Residents are evaluated via a Web-based evaluation system at E-Value.com at the end of each rotation using a standardized evaluation form given to supervising Obstetrics and Gynecology attendings. These evaluations are available for immediate review by the resident once completed.

Section Members

 

 

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