I'm not in charge of the initial 4 weeks so I may be leaving things out (I oversee the clinical portion in our Infusion department). Residents attend didactic sessions for a multidisciplinary approach; they rotate to all of the departments within the organization to provide a "big picture" approach to oncology care, including procedures (bone marrow aspirations, CVC insertions). They receive training on implanted port access and peripheral IV starts, and get to hone those skills in our specimen collection area (that department does about 300-400 blood draws daily), which is really helpful for when they finally get to Infusion. They also spend some time in the BMT area to get an introduction to the specialty, and depending on how the schedule works out, attend several programs that we offer for all staff such as our 2 day BMT class, and End of Life. We start 'broad' and then get very specific within the 'target' department later for the remaining 12 weeks. Unfortunately, we do not have access to a sim room.
Hey Seth -During the 4 weeks of General Oncology orientation, are these residents in classroom most of this time? Do they have simulations or other training too? We are trying to develop a comprehensive orientation program and this sounds very similar to what I have laid out, currently, but I'm interested in what this general oncology orientation entails - if you are willing to share.Thank you!Stephanie------------------------------Stephanie Bonfilio RN MSN OCNOncology Clinical Education SpecialistSt. Elizabeth Health CareEdgewood KY