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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Pediatrics Clerkship at Methodist 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 either drove or took the subway. Public transportation is pretty easy, and the office is a couple blocks south of the Snyder stop on the Broad Street line. 20-30 mins by train (door to door); 10 mins by car. Free parking was available.


If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • No housing for students on pediatrics at Methodist.
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • No free food.


How were the 3 weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
  • No teams were present.
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?
  • No lectures at the site, but you attend morning report at Jefferson on Wednesdays and modules at Jeff on Wednesday afternoons.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • Yes, the clinical question presentation was required.


What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Come into the office in the morning, see patients until lunch, lunch break, then see more patients in the afternoon.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)? Weekends?
  • Yes, holidays were off. No weekends.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
  • No call was required for medical students
In the Clinic, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • Absolutely! The attendings there are pretty awesome. They are really into teaching, and giving students an appropriate amount of autonomy (ie, you see patients first, come up with a plan, present, write notes). The clinic is busy, but very laid-back, so you never feel like you are getting in the way of the attending. Since it’s just you and an attending, you also have their attention all of the time, which makes for a very valuable learning experience.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Excellent.
Were you given responsibilities each day or was it more shadowing a physician/resident?
  • There really isn’t any shadowing - the student sees the patients first, presents to the attending, then both the attending and student go back in and talk to the family together.
Where should you get most of your SCOs completed?
  • It’s easy to get most SCOs done here.
When was the last day of your clerkship-did you have a travel day?
  • Wed before Shelf exam is last day.

Last revised: 01/12

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