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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Family Medicine Clerkship at Crozer-Chester

TRANSPORTATION

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?
  • You're better off with a car for this rotation, although it can be done with public transport. It takes you about 30-45 minutes to get there, depending on traffic. This rotation is divided up into 1 week of inpatient, and 5 weeks of outpatient. The outpatient was divided between 2 different offices (one in Springfield and one in Upper Darby). There were also a few days of community experiences (such as a nursing home). The schedule was made for us.

LIVING

If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • No housing.
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • Breakfast every Tuesday. Breakfast and lunch every Wednesday. Free meals for all of inpatient week.

FORMAL LEARNING

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?
  • Four hours of lecture every Wednesday, some administrative and some educational.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • One presentation on topic of choice.

WORK SCHEDULE

What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on outpatient; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on inpatient.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)?
  • You are off on all major holidays.
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. You always saw patients on your own before the resident. You would then present to the resident and go see the patient together. I always felt like an integral part of the team.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Excellent practical teaching, less on specific topics.

HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR

  • Ask pertinent questions and do relevant physical exam without spending too long in the room. Present your patient in an organized and concise manner.

CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS

Pros:
  • "Terrific experiences working with the elderly at nursing homes, performing sports physicals at local high schools, doing home visits, and attending community lectures."
  • "Teaching here is exceptional, without fail. This program at Crozer-Chester is top-rate"
  • "You will see a lot of patients with a wide variety of health issues. You will get to do a lot of histories and physical exams. You will get to see and do some procedures. You will contribute to the team."
Cons:
  • "The lectures were very interesting, but since they were directed at the residents the topics were not always the ‘common family med’ issues that would be helpful in studying for the final and fulfilling the objectives of the course."
  • Traffic can be a pain, especially going home.

Last revised: 01/12


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