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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Pediatrics Clerkship at Einstein (Outpatient)

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?
  • Most people commute by car. Others take the Broad St. Line Subway to the Olney station (the hospital is a block away). Students recommend taking the express train when possible, it goes much faster. The trip took ~20 minutes. If you choose to drive, you place a $5 deposit for a card for the parking garage, but you get this back at the end of your rotation.

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?
  • Students were required to provide their own lunch.

SITE STRUCTURE

How were the weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
  • Time split primarily between well child clinic and acute care clinic. There was also time to spend in the allergy clinic, teen clinic, and developmental clinic if desired.
Are you able to request what you want?
  • You are traditionally assigned, but if you have very specific interest in one area, you may be able to talk to the site coordinator.

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?
  • Morning report (8-9 a.m.) and lunch lecture (noon-1 p.m.) on a daily basis which lasted for 2 hours.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • There are no formal requirements, but some students reported doing a 10-15 minute PowerPoint on a topic they encountered while on rotation.

WORK SCHEDULE

What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 8 a.m. - 4 or 5 p.m.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)? Weekends?
  • Yes, all holidays were off. There are no weekends required.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
  • There was no call schedule.
In the Clinic, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • The outpatient clinic is very busy at all times, and students sometimes felt "in the way." There are also a lot of residents and attendings, making continuity an issue. However, students remark that the specialty clinics, especially the teen clinic, provide great opportunities for 1-on-1 interactions with attendings and residents.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • When they had time to teach, the attendings were helpful. However, given the sometimes "chaotic nature" of the clinics, this can be limited.

HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR

  • Despite the constant turnover of residents and attendings, stay upbeat. See patients first whenever possible, and write notes for all encounters. If nothing else, it is great practice.

CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS

Pros:
  • Good teaching from attendings when they have time to do so.
  • Teen clinic provided a valuable experience not available at many other sites as well as exposure to diagnoses and problems that are multidisciplinary.
Cons:
  • Residents switch every day, making it difficult to really feel like part of a team.
  • It can get a bit overcrowded at times with the amount of residents and students that can be around at any given time.

Last revised: 01/12


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