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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Family Medicine Clerkship at Virtua Hospital

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 can only drive. It is ~45 min. to an hour, depending on traffic, and there is a $4 toll every day. A car is crucial; there is only one Jefferson student there normally, so no carpooling options. You also travel to other offices in NJ some afternoons.

LIVING

If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • No housing provided.
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • Free food during one week of inpatient.

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?
  • Supposed to be educational conferences every Wednesday, but they did not happen every Wednesday on some blocks.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • No.

WORK SCHEDULE

What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; allow an hour to commute.
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. Some afternoons or mornings off for reading.
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?
  • Felt a part of the team. The drawback to this site is that you do not get the opportunity to see many patients on your own.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Attendings tend to only answer questions that they are specifically asked. Residents more active with teaching.

CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS

Pros:
  • "Verry nice group of residents to work with, time off to read and study, see a variety of offices and clinics."
Cons:
  • "No formal lectures; it's up to you to make sure that you're reading, learning. The commute, cost of gas and tolls is a huge con. A lot of driving to other sites all over NJ. You do more shadowing of residents than seeing and working up patients on your own."
  • "The expectations of students were not clearly stated at all and I did not receive one helpful evaluation at the end to even understand why I received an excellent and what I could have done to improve."

Last revised: 01/12


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