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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

OB/GYN Clerkship at Virtua

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?
  • Drive.
  • Long commute with a $5 toll every day.

LIVING

Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • Free food in the cafeteria - 3 meals/day and all over the hospital.

SITE STRUCTURE

How were the 6 weeks divided up?
  • 4 weeks inpatient; 2 weeks outpatient
  • 2 weeks outpatient, 2 weeks gyn surg, 2 weeks labor & delivery

WORK SCHEDULE

What were your hours (roughly)?
  • On OB and GYN, usually 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., night float 6p-6a, clinic 8a-4p
  • L&D: 13 hrs; GynSurg: 13 hrs; Clinic: 8 hrs
  • Hours depended on the service. Gyn surgery: 5 a.m. - 6 p.m.; L&D days: 4 a.m. - 6 p.m.; L&D nights: 6 p.m. - 7 a.m.; Clinic: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. There is one 24 hour shift at the beginning of the week you are on L&D nights.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)? Weekends?
  • Please refer to the official clerkship instructions.
What was the call schedule?
  • One week of night float.
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • Positive: having residents that care about teaching and using spare time to teach something new.
  • Overall residents were awesome and I really enjoyed working with them.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • It was important to know when to ask and when not to ask questions. The residents did not like when we asked too many questions in the OR that we could have looked up later. Wait for good timing, and ask well thought out questions.
  • Dr. McCullen is awesome!
  • During inpatient weeks, I was lucky enough to work with some fantastic residents. Residents were excellent teachers, gave very helpful and honest feedback. The longer hours spent inpatient (vs. outpatient) also gave me more opportunities to see and do more.
  • Some residents are much more receptive to medical students than others.

HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR

  • Uwise questions and the textbook we could rent. The uwise questions were really helpful.
  • Be prepared for the OR as soon as you walk into the building.
  • I would have studied earlier, would not take nightshift for last week.
  • I would do 1 section of uWise questions every night during the week, and read blueprints on the weekends.
  • There is a LOT of OB we did not learn in FCM. I would focus reading/studying/etc on OB for the purposes of looking smart during rounds, etc.

CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS

Pros:
  • Free parking, free food, brand new beautiful hospital.
  • Gynecologic Oncology: challenged me to learn the most, I saw the most interesting cases, residents and attendings were a blast to work with.
  • OB Triage during night float: exciting and, since it came last week of the block, gave me a chance to help the residents more and feel like part of the team.
  • Nice call rooms.
  • L&D nights was so fun, we got to do so much fun stuff with the patients without any of the annoying tasks that you do during the day.
  • Virtua West Jersey is a gorgeous hospital, resident lounge was surprisingly posh.
Cons:
  • I learned the least during outpatient OB/GYN.
  • Even if you feel like you get along with your residents, your evaluation grade may not reflect it.

Last revised: 01/12


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