Internal Medicine

The Internal Medicine Department is the largest department at KHCC. Our oncologists and specialists are at the core of medical care for adult patients. Even when patients do not require chemotherapy, the Internal Medicine Department works alongside other specialists to formulate a treatment plan. We believe in not just specialization, but also in sub-specialization so our oncologists have unique experiences in their specific fields. We stay up-to-date on the most recent advances in cancer treatment by appraising peer-reviewed studies from leading journals, as well as attending international conferences for the latest in medical advances. This combination of knowledge, experience and dedication make our department a leader in advancing cancer care in Jordan and the region.
 
Research activities are highly recognized and encouraged by the Department of Internal Medicine and our staff is continuously involved in academic and clinical research. The Department of Internal Medicine provides a comprehensive program of services to patients with all types of cancer. These services include up-to-date therapies for solid tumors, hematological malignancies, as well as bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. Patients receive care in state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient facilities by coordinated teams of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, psychiatrists and psychologists.
 
Cases are usually presented to the multidisciplinary clinic, where decisions are made according to evidence–based medicine. There are several multidisciplinary clinics where patients are seen by consultants from varying medical specialties (medical oncologists, surgeons and radiation therapists). Clinics have been established for lung, GI, sarcomas, GU, head and neck, CNS, and gynecological malignancies.
 
The Internal Medicine Department treats between 2,000-3,000 new cases per year, with the number of patient visits exceeding 40,000 visits (according to 2006 data).  
 
Our expertise
The Department of Internal Medicine provides a broad range of services for patients at the King Hussein Cancer Center. In addition to its inpatient unit, the Department provides intensive care for the whole Center.
 
Outpatient clinic services are offered in more than fifty weekly medical oncology and other supportive specialties. An endoscopy suite and full pulmonary function lab serve the entire Center, utilizing the latest technology and equipment. Additionally, the department is actively involved in all multidisciplinary programs and services.
  • Clinics operated by the Internal Medicine Department:
                      a) Medical oncology clinics: 25 clinics per week
                      b) Non-medical oncology clinics: 25 clinics per week
                      c) Multidisciplinary clinics: 9 clinics per week
 
Department Statistics
  • Inpatient beds: 50 beds in addition to 12 ICU beds (these will increase once the new KHCC expansion is completed in 2013)
  • Number of patients treated annually: 11,000 +
  • New Cases:  per year: 3,000 +
  • Inpatient admissions to internal medicine: 2,000 +
  • Number of chemotherapy patients/year: about 2,000
  • Average number of chemotherapy patients per month: 845
  • Average number of procedures performed in procedure clinic: 460
 
Education & Training Activities
The Department of Internal Medicine participates in various educational activities designed to teach and refresh the knowledge of its medical staff. The department proudly offers residency and fellowship programs to new graduates in pursuit of careers in cancer care. Graduates of the prestigious program have enjoyed positions that include staff appointments at KHCC among others.
 
In an effort to keep our consults up-to-date on the latest in cancer care and treatment, physicians and clinical staff routinely participate in medical conferences both nationally and internationally. Our medical team also attends hospital and local grand rounds, lectures, tumor boards, and journal clubs.
 
Residency program:
The Internal Medicine (IM) residency program involves 23 residents who rotate within all sub-specialties. They have daily morning discussions of cases with consultants. The program provides the opportunity for the residents to learn how to perform some procedures such as bone marrow biopsies, paracentesis, insertion of in-dwelling catheters, insertion of central lines, endotracheal intubation…etc.
 
Our residents participate in the in-training examination that is annually conducted in the United States of America for accredited IM programs. We are proud that the score of our residents is among the highest 95th percentile and the highest achieved score has belonged to one our residents for 2 consecutive years.
 
The IM residency program provides a suitable environment for newly graduated doctors who are planning to get 2 years transient training and who need adequate time to prepare for for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) before going to the US for their post-graduate studies.
 
It is worth mentioning that KHCC’s IM residency program also accommodates university residents to do clinical attachment and training.
 
Fellowship program:
The fellowship program in medical oncology is supervised by the Chairman of the IM Department & the Director of the Fellowship Program. It currently involves 11 fellows and 1 – 2 new board-certified physicians are accepted into the Fellowship Program annually. The duration of the program is 3 years. Fellows are subjected to an intense and comprehensive oncology training curriculum and they deal with almost all types of cancers. This is due to the fact that KHCC is the only comprehensive cancer center in Jordan.
 
Our fellows sit for the oncology board examination of the Jordan Medical Council. The pass-rate is 100% and they also sit for the in-training oncology examination of the United States.
 
The KHCC-IM department provides great job opportunities for newly graduated oncologists and helps them to excel in their profession.
 
Department Faculty