First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC
Pediatrics Clerkship at Lankenau Hospital (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?
- Students suggest that carpooling is the best option. It takes about 40 minutes to get there in the morning, and 60 minutes to get home due to traffic. Parking in the "conference parking" lot the first day, and once you get an ID badge, you may park in employee parking.
- Some students biked to the train stations and then took regional rail (R5 to Wynewood) and biked the remainder of the way, or took the bus. Students mentioned that with so many transfers, they required a lot of extra time in the morning.
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?
- No food provided for students.
How were the weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
Are you able to request what you want?
- There are 4 doctors in the clinic. Students work with one attending in the morning, and then may switch in the afternoon. This is a general outpatient clinic, so there are no teams of specific options.
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?
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?
How was the teaching by attendings?
- Yes. No Holidays. No weekends.
- When attendings had time to teach, it was very valuable. However, they often ran 30-90 minutes behind, leading to a rushed working environment.
HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR
Ask for your role as a student to be defined early. This will help you for the remainder of the rotation. They run a very busy practice, so it is good to know what you can do to help out. The various attendings in the practice expect different things - some will want a note for every patients, while others will simply want you to present a full patient including assessment and plan. Familiarize yourself with the different preferences of the physicians. Also, be sure to prepare for each day, as physicians will ask you questions that allow you to demonstrate your knowledge.
CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS
- You have the opportunity to see a lot of patients on your own at this site. Take advantage of this to improve your interviewing and note writing skills.
- Good exposure to the basics of pediatrics.
- Role was not well defined. Felt at times as if "they were not used to having a medical student around" . . . "not much organization in terms of how to manage students"
- The office often fell behind schedule, creating an environment where students could feel like they were "in the way."
Last revised: 01/12