First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC
Pediatrics Clerkship at Jessup Street, Wilmington, DE (Outpatient)
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. There is really no other option.
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?
- You need to bring your lunch every day but Tuesday, when you go to a local restaurant for lunch.
How were the weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
Are you able to request what you want?
- All the same - 3 weeks for in a community pediatric outpatient practice.
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?
- There were no formal learning sessions, but Drs. Byck, Witherell, Cooke, and Goel were excellent at always taking the time to clarify any points of confusion or to learn from specific patients. If there was any downtime (very infrequent), the attendings had prepared mini-lectures about high yield topics, like heart murmurs, asthma, etc. In terms of formal teaching, students at Jessup St. report to duPont on Wednesday for modules.
- No. Nothing formal is required, but students are often encouraged to look certain topics up, and then report to the attendings about them the following day.
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)? Weekends?
- 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (depending on how long you need to finish your notes)
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
In the Clinic, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
- Yes. No holidays. No weekends.
How was the teaching by attendings?
- Yes - students feel like part of the team at all times. Regardless of how busy the clinic gets, students are ALWAYS first to see the patients. They take a history, perform the physical exam, and then report their findings to the attending. They are expected to have an assessment and plan with every patient. There are residents there 3 days/week, but the residents have their own patients, and there is enough room for everyone at all times. The attending in charge of the residents has no patients assigned to them that afternoon, so they are completely free to teach.
- Excellent. Always willing to take time out of their day to explain topics that may be confusing, or that may appear on the shelf/commonly present in the clinic.
HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR
- Always be willing to go see patients - finish your notes at the end of the day if you fall behind. Ask questions and do not be afraid to speak up and ask questions where applicable.
CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS
- Tremendous attendings dedicated to teaching students. Great learning environment for medical students, as they are always allowed to see the patients first. Additionally, this site has tremendous staff, and even psychologists on staff to help patients when needed. You will be challenged, but you will learn so much in the realm of pediatrics after your time here.
Last revised: 01/12