Goals and Objectives: PsychoOncology Clinic

Patient Care

  • The resident will understand and provide the psychiatric care of cancer patients before, during and upon completion of cancer treatment. Referrals are received from all Medical Center Oncology Services (solid organ and hematological malignancies) and from local as well as regional geographic areas.
  • Residents participate in diagnostic evaluations, treatment recommendations, and ongoing management. 

Medical Knowledge

Residents will

  • learn to evaluate psychiatric symptomatology in cancer patients and will become adept at distinguishing between symptoms arising directly from the cancer or as the result of psychosocial adjustment to devastating illness. 
  • gain an increased knowledge of the psychopharmocology considerations in a medically ill population and learn to work with the neuropsychiatric side effects of cancer related treatments.
  • Learn to identify and promote adaptive coping abilities in patients and their families.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Residents will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing QA/QI projects and present cases in M&M conferences.

Interpersonal and communications skills

  • The resident will learn to work with patients with advanced medical illness and be sensitive to their physical limitations.
  • The resident will learn to work with the families of patients undergoing cancer treatment. 


  • Residents will have a unique opportunity to gain understanding of the concept of suffering and of compassion (“suffering with”).
  • Residents will have the opportunity to work with patients who are dying and to develop skills dealing with end of life issues.

Systems-Based Practice

  • Residents will communicate with multidisciplinary cancer treatment teams effectively and will incorporate feedback from them.
  • Residents will gain experience in liaising with community based (Cancer resource Centers) and web-based resources (Care Pages, American Cancer Society, and Livestrong)