By: Dr. Vishal Saxena
Xavier University School of Medicine was proud to host Dr. Roel Jonkhoff, an internist-hemato-oncologist from Horacio Oduber Hospital in Aruba. He visited Xavier University School of Medicine on the 22nd, 26th, 27th and 28th of November 2018 as a guest lecturer, to hold a total of eight hours of hemato-oncology clinical case discussions with the MD4 students. The students and faculty were very grateful for him to offer so much of his time to the school. Dr. Jonkhoff started from the scratch of the disease process, and slowly took it to the level of intricate understanding of the complexities and intricacies of multiple disease processes including all types of anemias, leukemias, lymphomas and much beyond that. All of the cases he discussed were from his own clinical practice in his long spanning career. He not only professed about the pathophysiological aspects of the hematological disorders, but also mentioned about the therapeutics of these disorders, which ignited a lot of enthusiasm and medical curiosity amongst the XUSOM students. The students especially benefitted immensely from his clinical dimension to the hematological cases, and actively interacted with him. All the sessions were attended in person by myself, in the capacity of System Chair of Hematopietic and Lymphoid System. A few others were also attended by the Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Dubey. Dr. Jonkhoff’s lecture at XUSOM will most certainly have a positive impact on the students as they continue towards their degree and even further into their medical careers.