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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Family Medicine Clerkship at Abington Hospital


How did you get there? What is the IDEAL way to get there (if different)? If you took public transportation how much did it cost?
  • Drove, 40 minute drive, free parking. Train is available with a 15-20 min walk to either inpatient or outpatient centers.


If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • None provided.
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • Free food was available a couple days a week. No meal vouchers.


How were the 6 weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
  • Two weeks on inpatient service and four weeks in the outpatient office.
Are you able to request what you want?
  • Yes


Did you have lectures/didactic sessions at your rotation site? How often? How long? Do you feel like they were as well organized as the lectures at Jeff?
  • Morning sessions and lunch time talks, every day for about an hour. They were well organized.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • We each prepared a mini 5-min presentation.


What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 45 hours/week, no weekends, no evening call. MS3's are typically given 2 reading/off afternoons during outpatient. No scheduled off days during the 2 weeks of inpatient. Days started between 7-7:30 a.m.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)?
  • Yes.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
  • No call.
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • Yes. They respected what I was interested in doing if I asked.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Great!


  • The attendings and housestaff here are extremely nice and want you to have the best experience possible while you are with them. Be friendly with everyone and make it a point to ask for feedback throughout your entire rotation (especially at the midpoint of your time in-patient).

Last revised: 01/12

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