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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Internal 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?
  • Car. Driving is really the only way - some students stayed during weekends while others would come back to the city. It’s about a 2 hour drive.


If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • Very dorm-like. The dorm is connected directly to the hospital by a long hallway. There are three floors. The first has all of the on call rooms for residents and fellows. The second was the boys' floor and the third was the girls' floor. There is a lounge on the first floor with a computer room, a big TV and couch, a pool table, and some weights and a treadmill. Each floor has a communal bathroom with several showers, which are nice (but bring flip flops and a caddy for your stuff). The rooms are simple but have everything you need. There is a bed, closet, desk, chest of drawers, and night stand. You should bring a lamp for the night stand, bedding (you are provided hospital sheets and pillows) and a towel if you want something more than a hospital towel. You live with a roommate. It’s fun - almost like summer camp.
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • Free food at the cafeteria with your student ID - as much as you want during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours. You also had the option of calling ahead of time if you knew you would be missing meal time and ordering your food to be set aside (you can then pick this up at your convenience!).


How were the 8 weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
  • You spend the entire 8 weeks on a general internal medicine team - no specialty teams. Then, you switch attendings after 4 weeks.
Are you able to request what you want?
  • No.


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?
  • Yes, lots of teaching by attendings from various specialties. There were also med student specific workshops led by attendings. Lectures were several times per week, 60-90 min each.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • You give mini-presentations (3-5 min) to your team; no large presentations required.


What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 6:00 a.m. until 3:00 - 5:00 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.
  • One or two weekends per 4 weeks you would have to come in on Saturday or Sunday.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
  • Q4. Usually we were done by 9 or 10 p.m. (or until you picked up a new patient.).
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • Definitely. I really felt in charge of my patients and was able to give a lot of input on their care. The more you read and the more you know about your patient and his/her problems, the more in control you will feel and the more appreciation your team will feel for you. York does a great job of allowing third years to take responsibility for patient care!
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Fabulous! They always took time during rounds to explain questions/unusual findings. They would often meet with students in the afternoon to teach more in depth.


  • Teaching from my resident and attendings was constant, relevant, and pushed me to think more critically about caring for patients.

Last revised: 01/12

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