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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Family Medicine Clerkship at Jefferson 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?
  • As this is located at Jefferson, most local students can walk from their apartments. Some of the weekly outreach experiences are best accessible by car but you can request to be placed in closer locations. Most places you are assigned are accessible by public transportation


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?
  • Food or vouchers were not provided for students on call. There is sometimes free breakfast at Grand Rounds on Wednesday mornings.


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?
  • Yes, the didactic sessions were held about 3 times per week, each lasting an hour. They are very helpful and aimed specifically at topics that are on the exam. The lectures were very similar to other preclinical lectures, but in a small group setting. There is also an optional lunchtime lecture once a week usually led by a resident.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • You are required to give a very brief presentation about a journal article dealing with controversial topics in Family Medicine in front of the course director and other students.


What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 8-9 Morning report and 9 to 4 or 5 p.m. you see patients and they give you a full hour for lunch.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)?
  • All major holidays are off.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
  • You must work a half-day on one Saturday of your choosing and you can easily trade your call schedule with your peers.
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • Absolutely! They almost always let you see patients by yourself first before reporting back to them and everyone makes an effort to educate and help you out.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Excellent.


  • Ask your patients that have issues that need to be followed up on if you can call them at home to check up on them. Be proactive about presenting and coming up with your Assessment and Plan (Look up doses for medications on Epocrates).
  • Read articles on and on the American Academy of Family Practitioner’s websites. Know what to do for the ‘bread and butter’ family medicine topics! (HTN, DM, back pain, etc.).


  • "Enjoyed my other experiences outside of TJUH, such as at Cathedral Village, For Our Children With Health, and St. Elizabeth’s."
  • "Teaching was excellent by both attendings and residents. Everyone I worked with was very patient with me and was willing to teach and answer whatever questions I had."
  • "I found that the residents were sometimes more willing to let you try things (paps/I&D’s), but both residents and attendings were great teachers."
  • "A busy office, which sometimes stressed me out but on the plus side you got to see a lot of things."
  • "Went to Cathedral Village for one day . . . I did not feel that this experience enhanced my understanding of family medicine."

Last revised: 01/12

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