First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC
Internal Medicine Clerkship at Methodist 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?
- Car - Parking is free. You need to bring $20 for the parking pass, which will be returned to you when you return the pass.
- Train - If coming from Center City, then take the Broad Street line south (very short subway ride). You can find discount tokens at the Bookstore.
There is also a shuttle that leaves from Methodist every hour at the half hour until 3:30.
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?
- Meal tickets were given for all call days and lunch was often provided. (I rarely paid for a meal.) You will be given a schedule for all of the free lunches.
How were the 4 weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
Are you able to request what you want?
- All rotations at Methodist are general internal medicine. There are two separate teams with three 3rd year medical students, one 4th year, one intern and one upper year.
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?
- About 4-5 per week, each lasting about an hour. They were relatively organized. Sometimes lecturers did not show up which was frustrating.
- Some teams may have you present about a topic relevant to your patients.
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)?
- Teams typically meet at 7:00 a.m. in the lounge before pre-rounding begins. Pre-rounding typically lasts until 9:30, and you then round for the next two hours. Students are typically sent home relatively early when compared to Jefferson at around 4:00-5:00 p.m., and sometimes much earlier than that.
- Yes. Same days as all Internal Medicine rotations; Thanksgiving is a 4-day weekend if it occurs during the medicine rotation. We got Labor Day off too.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
- Weekends off only if not on call.
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
- Call is q4 including weekends. Students are required to report for post-call days on weekends as well. You may take call with either the resident or the intern, so sometimes they’ll let you pick which call schedule that works best for you at the beginning of the month.
How was the teaching by attendings?
- You write most of the orders and your team always wants your input regarding the plan for your patient. Overall very "team" oriented.
- Typically the teaching was pretty good. Some attendings teach more than others.
Last revised: 01/12