Considerations for Designing and Implementing a Multi-institution Undergraduate Medical Education Experience

Steven King, Emma Y. Wu, Christine Lin, Matthew Labriola, Myles Nickolich

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Cancer Care Experience (CCE) is a unique elective educational program to further explore the subspecialty of oncology beyond the scope of the traditional undergraduate medical education curriculum. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CCE moved from an in-person to a virtual learning platform. This transition allowed program leaders to offer CCE as a multi-institutional program, with students participating from both Duke University School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine. Our study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of virtual learning, student perspectives on multi-institutional collaboration, and the program’s impact on the student’s understanding of oncology care and clerkship preparedness. Overall, students indicated CCE was an impactful program for them to learn more about oncology and that virtual learning was an effective learning platform. Furthermore, our results suggest students found the multi-institutional aspect valuable and that a multi-institution, hybrid (in-person and virtual) platform was preferred. Our study highlights the success of CCE as a multi-institution program and an effective elective program to expose students to the field of oncology further.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1636-1640
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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