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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Family Medicine Clerkship at Underwood 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?
  • Having a car is essential for regular working hours and when you have clinic days at other locations.


If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • No housing is provided.
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • We were given about 10 meal cards at the start of the block that were good for $3 toward the cost of breakfast or lunch. At the private offices, free lunch was provided regularly. All the outpatient clinics had refrigerators and microwaves.


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 report - resident does a PBL type presentation of a recent patient; Resident Didactic 1x per week (two - three lectures). Frequently a family med faculty from Underwood will present one with a subspecialty faculty presenting the other hour. They did cover some topics that were on the Family Med Exam; so, overall, they were helpful. There were also medical student-led didactics.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • Yes, you are required to do a formal and informal presentation during this rotation.


What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)?
  • Yes, 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?
  • They do make you feel like a part of the team. They did make an effort to have you in a contributory role. You will typically see a patient in the clinic then present them to the resident or attending, discuss treatment and then go see the patient together.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Excellent!


  • See general Family Medicine tips.


  • "Awesome experience! Had palliative care, wound clinic, prenatal clinic, inpatient for 1 week, outpatient for 1 week. Amazing faculty that love to teach."
  • "Amazing teaching by the attendings and residents--The best so far in med school! All are extremely personable and fun. great teachers, never a dull moment"
  • "You really cannot get away with not having a car for this rotation."

Last revised: 01/12

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