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.

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Program Dates

Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions.


For students 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:

  • Understand how epidemiologists discover, trace and treat infectious disease
  • Learn the basics of scientific research—how to work with databases and medical literature
  • Gain an understanding of the difference between viral, bacterial and other pathogens that cause disease
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the molecular and chemical structure of infectious disease
  • Develop your communication, thinking and presentation skills
  • Learn at your pace: Lessons by your professor are delivered through videos so that you can tune in whenever your schedule allows — the ultimate in flexibility
  • Work with mentors to get the most out of your studies
  • Determine if college courses/careers related to infectious disease are right for you

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Apply Now for the Next Available Course

Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating

May 22 - June 5

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 15, 2022

Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating

June 12 - June 26

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 5, 2022

Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating

June 26 - July 10

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 19, 2022

Hear from our students

"I took this course to further my exploration and interest in the cancer medicine field. I had not known just how many individuals are connected in improving a patient's life and battling cancer. This course helped me realize that going into cancer medicine was definitely what I wanted."

Marleshka M., cancer medicine student from MA

"The course was amazing! My favorite parts were working with the mentors and with other students in the discussion boards. It was interesting to see how cancer and cancer treatments work in a real-life setting."

Jooye K., cancer medicine student from NC

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 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.
    • You’ll learn through engaging video— 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.
    • Engage with fellow students around the world any time, any place

Course designed by Wake Forest School of Medicine physician faculty

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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.

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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

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Wake Forest University graduate with a degree in Biology. He plans to start medical school in the fall of 2021.

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Undergraduate at Wake Forest University with a major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and minor in Neuroscience. She works as an Emergency Medical Technician and is involved in both biochemistry and medical education research.

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Wake Forest University graduate with a major in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry concentration, and a minor in Biology. He plans to start medical school in the fall of 2021.

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Undergraduate at Wake Forest University majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Neuroscience. She plans on applying to medical school for the 2022 cycle.

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Undergraduate student studying Chemistry and Classical Studies at Wake Forest University. She's a member of the emergency medical services organization, a research lab assistant, and a student advisor. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school and continuing her journey in health care as a physician.

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Wake Forest University graduate with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He's a member of the 2021 Corps for Teach for America and will be teaching high school science in Guilford county. Shade also completed two semesters of research in a chemotherapy drug development lab and plans to apply to medical school.

How to Apply:

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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. 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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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential who need assistance affording the associated cost. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you: