The discipline of adolescent and young adult oncology is an emerging field. While many aspects
of caring for patients with AYA cancers overlap in the pediatric and adult oncology realm, there
are unique factors that are important for this group of patients. The Adolescent and Young Adult
Oncology Progress Review Group (sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the Lance
Armstrong Foundation in 2005) identified five recommendations for the advancement of care for
AYA patients with cancer. One of the recommendations is "to provide education, training and
communication to improve awareness, prevention, access and quality of care for AYAs". We are
developing a robust and hands on educational program to meet these recommendations and
address the gaps in AYA care.
This fellowship is intended to provide the highest quality experience for first-year medical school students pursuing interests in aya oncology research. Faculty mentors are located both at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Click here for details.
Students with a particular interest in issues affecting AYA patients will have the opportunity to conduct research and participate in experiential learning focused on this patient population. Beyond the summer fellowship, the fall term will include physician mentorship and students partnered with an AYA patient(s) undergoing treatment. The student will have the opportunity to attend the patient’s clinical consultations, treatments, inpatient visits, surgeries, and other visits/procedures wherever feasible throughout his/her treatment.
Videos from DAVID STROUD Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Symposium:Welcome & AYAs and Cancer in the U.S