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Discover the field of oncology

Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating

Are you interested in a future in medicine? Oncology (treatment of cancer) is a leading medical specialty.  In this online course, you’ll accompany a patient on their cancer journey. You’ll see what it’s like to be diagnosed, to receive treatment, and how people cope with its spread. Learn the types of treatment and their specialists, along with groundbreaking advances that are changing the lives of patients. If you are interested in pre-med or careers in healthcare, this course is a must.

New this summer. Enjoy all the features of our online medicine course PLUS live Zoom sessions on weekdays. These structured events will include guest speakers, group mentors, and interactive events with classmates. Choose the + Live option when you apply.

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Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating

Program Dates

Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions.


For students completing grades 9-12, ages 13+.



Topics Covered:

Follow a patient throughout the cancer journey

Get a first-hand look at cancer through the patient experience. Delve into genetics and the role of family history in cancer, how cells transform from benign to malignant, and the definition of a tumor.

Learn how cancer is diagnosed

Understand how pathologists identify the clinical features of a skin lesion that are associated with melanoma. Learn the criteria for cancer staging and explore new research techniques.

Understand the various cancer treatments

Explore the differences between the leading interventions for cancer. Discover how targeted radiation can pinpoint a tumor and preserve healthy tissue. Learn the role of the medical oncologist and what it’s like to manage treatment and the complications patients experience.

Find out how cancer spreads and the emotional effects on the family

Discover how cancer spreads from skin to brain. Gain insight into the types of brain cancers and advanced treatments such as stereotactic radiosurgery. Explore the Gamma Knife Center and see how advanced, minimally invasive radiation is planned and delivered.

Understand the meaning of survivorship and how patients live with cancer

Identify the difference between care for pain and hospice. Learn the long-term side effects of cancer treatment and gain insights into alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, yoga, medication, and diet-based therapies. Examine how cancer patients re-enter life following treatment.

See if a future in medicine or healthcare is right for you

Topics covered in this course offer a good background for a future career as physician, cancer specialist, nurse, social worker, physical therapist, or other healthcare-related fields.

How You Will Benefit:

  • Learn the most common types of cancer, leading treatments and the role of the medical oncologist (cancer specialist)
  • Gain insights into the latest advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Understand the process in the treatment journey and survivorship of patients with cancer as well as the role of caregivers and the impacts on children
  • Discover the latest advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as the role of caregivers and the impacts on children
  • Develop your communication, thinking and presentation skills
  • Learn asynchronously: Lectures by your professor are delivered through videos so that you can tune in whenever your schedule allows — the ultimate in flexibility
  • Work with University mentors in live group sessions to get the most out of your studies
  • Determine if this field is right for you

Student in lab

2 Ways to take this course

Online Immersion Option

Our Online Immersion option is fully asynchronous, allowing you to tune in anytime your schedule allows. It features online video lectures and live, group online sessions with University mentors.

Online Immersion +LIVE Option

New this summer, the +Live version of this course features live Zoom sessions with professors and medical professionals (in addition to video lectures), offering peak engagement and interactivity in a structured learning format. +Live is also supplemented with live, online sessions with University mentors.


  • Asynchronous video lectures
  • Certificate of Completion from WFU
  • Live, group meetings with mentors
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  • Learn at your own pace

Cancer + Live

  • Asynchronous video lectures 
  • Certificate of Completion from WFU
  • Live, group meetings with mentors
  • Live Zoom sessions weekdays with experts
  • Learn on a structured schedule

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating

June 13 - June 27

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 6, 2021

Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating

June 27 - July 11

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 20, 2021

Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating + Live

June 27 - July 11

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1595

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 20, 2021

3 Learning Advantages Designed for You

  1. Final Capstone Project

    The course culminates with a special capstone project that allows you to:

    • Demonstrate what you’ve learned in this course
    • Students will choose a cancer of their choice and explore aspects of the disease and treatments such as prevention and screening, surgery, radiation or medical therapies
    • Summarize the current guidelines / standards of care for that cancer and report on advances that may change how that cancer will be treated in the future
    • Get feedback from your mentors on your work
    • Use video, text, or a presentation to complete your project. You can review the entire course or focus on a specific cancer and design a treatment program.
  2. Mentoring

    You’ll receive guidance from a Wake Forest mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

    • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
    • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed
    • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final capstone project
  3. Flexible Learning

    • 100% online, works with your schedule.
    • Asynchronous: you’ll learn through video lectures — tune in anytime that works for you.
    • 20-25 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia simulations and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support.
    • Regular live group online sessions with a Wake Forest Mentor.
    • Meet fellow students from around the world.

Course designed by Wake Forest School of Medicine physician faculty

Dr. Lindsay Strowd

Dr. Lindsay Strowd, Assistant Professor, Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine 

Dr. Lindsay Strowd received her MD from Wake Forest School of Medicine and did her residency in dermatology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. She is board certified and works as part of the team at the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Roy Strowd

Dr. Roy Strowd, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Roy Strowd received his MD from Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed his residency in Neurology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Meet The Mentors



I am a senior biology major at Wake Forest University. I am scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2021 and plan to matriculate to medical school in the fall of 2021. I am originally from New Albany, Ohio, though Winston-Salem, North Carolina has been a great home for the past four years.



I am a senior at Wake Forest University where I am majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and minoring in Neuroscience. I work as an Emergency Medical Technician and I am involved in both biochemistry and medical education research. I have always had a passion for science and medicine, especially in neuroscience and am currently applying to medical schools and hope to one day become a neurologist.


I am a senior at Wake Forest University, majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry and minoring in Biology. I recently applied to medical school and am hoping to enroll in the Fall of 2021. I am from Johns Creek, Georgia and at school I enjoy doing organic synthesis research and playing golf with friends.

How to Apply:

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following:

  1. Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  2. Why you wish to take this course.
  3. You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer. NOTE: please submit all application materials in English.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

Begin the guided process

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Frequently Asked Questions

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