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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Family Medicine Clerkship at York 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?
  • I personally used a car to get to York, which I feel is the most ideal way. You will also need a car to travel to 3 days of clinics that are 20-30 minutes away from the hospital; otherwise you end up taking a cab.


If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • York provides dormitories for students to stay at during both the week and weekends. The rooms are fairly well-sized, but the bathrooms can use a little work in terms of cleanliness. However, one added benefit is having a fully stocked fridge with PB&J, cold cuts, and unlimited sodas and beverages, which makes it easy to find food late at night.
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • FREE FOOD is provided in the cafeteria, so you don’t need to worry about not getting food during lunch conferences. The food is also of fairly high quality, at times over-decadent.


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 was held around 7:30-8 everyday, and it usually featured informal clinical case presentations. Lunchtime sessions were also daily and often involved discussions on common symptoms and workups (example: headache, dyspnea), which I found helpful from a student point-of-view. Lectures did not last longer than an hour.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • Preceptor rounds were held once weekly, and during the entire 6 weeks, we were required to give just one presentation.


What were your hours (roughly)?
  • During 4 weeks of outpatient, hours were from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. During the 2 weeks of inpatient, hours lasted from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)?
  • No major holidays intersected with my rotation.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
  • Two short calls until 10 p.m., and one weekend day which ended up being a half day. This could be rescheduled.
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • ABSOLUTELY. There is a tremendous amount of focus on teaching from both residents and attending. You are given the chance to work independently and present findings to preceptors, who often ask you open-ended questions and respect your opinion during rounds.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Attendings were always respectful of students’ opinions and very proactive in getting us involved during morning report and lectures. They often meet us one on one to discuss our goals during the rotation and answer any questions we had.


  • Know how to do a great musculoskeletal, HEENT, and Lung exam since these areas deal with a good deal of problems you encounter in the clinic. Good fund of knowledge and physical diagnosis skills are helpful.


  • FOOD. You can even request the chefs to leave dinner out for you if you can’t make it to the cafeteria before it closes.
  • Residents and attendings are all very smart and interested in teaching. Patient population was diverse, I saw a lot of different problems. I got to do some procedures, and also watched 2 deliveries.
  • DISTANCE. Traveling to outside sites is kind of a drag, though the experience is often worth it.

Last revised: 01/12

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