First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC
Pediatrics Clerkship at People's Plaza (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?
- Most students drive to the site, about 1 hour from Center City. Free parking was offered.
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?
- Free lunches about once per week.
How were the 3 weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
Are you able to request what you want?
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?
- Yes, the clinical question presentation was required.
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. - 5:00 p.m.
- Start at 8:30 a.m., shadow and see patients by yourself all day, lunch break, done by 4:30-5:00 p.m.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
- Yes, holidays were off. No weekends.
In the Clinic, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
- No call was required for medical students
How was the teaching by attendings?
- Sometimes; some students found having to determine each day which attending would be willing to work with students tended to make one feel more like an outsider than part of the team.
Were you given responsibilities each day or was it more shadowing a physician/resident?
- Definitely varied - some were much more eager to teach than others.
Where should you get most of your SCOs completed?
- Some responsibilities, depends on the physician.
When was the last day of your clerkship-did you have a travel day?
- It’s easy to get most SCOs done here
- Wed before Shelf exam is last day.
CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS
Any other site specific suggestions?
If you could sum up your site and experience in a quote, what would it be?
- Be proactive - ask for more responsibilities, offer to do a presentation - the instructors are all excellent here but are very busy.
- Learned a lot, but sometimes felt like a nuisance.
- Preceptors are friendly and have very different styles. Students treated like residents (see patients first, present, come up with our own A/Ps). Ancillary staff is awesome.
- All the physicians were excellent doctors, teachers, and role models.
- Outstanding doctors - I had a great time working with all of them.
- Attendings were very eager to let me see and present patients.
- Worked closely with many attending, got to see lots of patients; got a good idea of what outpatient pediatricians do.
Last revised: 02/11