First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC
Family Medicine Clerkship at Latrobe 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?
- Public transport is not a realistic option. I drove, carpooled out and back, 5 hours tops to get there, straight shot down the turnpike, and rode my bike all over town to get around once there. Most of the restaurants and beer are about 4-5 miles from the house, someone needs to have a car or everyone is stuck.
If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
- Housing solid, shared bath and kitchen, plenty of room, cable, bedding provided, commute on foot to the hospital is about 48 seconds (could be shorter, but it's uphill).
- Got plenty of food vouchers, never used them all, mostly for lunch, made my own breakfast, many other lunches were provided. I ate out a lot because it was greasy and yummy and cheap; others made dinner - good supermarkets 2 miles away.
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?
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
- Outrageously well organized, one hour every morning pre-start to the day, assorted lunch-time lectures. As a student you are in charge of all your own patients from the time they walk in to the time they walk out - all assessment and planning is on you, and the attendings are always working one on one with the student for every single patient - THE LEARNING IS AWESOME.
- Nothing super formal - presented every patient encounter to an attending and all the other students, several times asked to prep for the next morning talks but pretty mellow.
What were your hours (roughly)?
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)?
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
- 7:30 a.m. - 5:00p.m., half day Fridays, no weekends.
How was the teaching by attendings?
- ABSOLUTELY - from the moment you said hello - the entire team depended on your opinions, time, insights.
- Absolutely awesome!!!! They are fantastic one on one.
HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR
- Hone focused physical exam - work up ASSESSMENT AND PLAN FOR ALL PATIENTS.
CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS
- "Awesome teaching, laid back, ample time to play in the out-of-doors"
- "Can be a somewhat lower patient volume, especially if more than three students are in the family practice office at a time. Try to switch off doing weeks in the hospital to avoid this."
Last revised: 01/12