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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Pediatrics Clerkship at People's Plaza (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 students drive to the site, about 1 hour from Center City. Free parking was offered.

LIVING

If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • No housing for students.
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.

SITE STRUCTURE

How were the 3 weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
  • No options available.
Are you able to request what you want?
  • No.

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?
  • No.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • Yes, the clinical question presentation was required.

WORK SCHEDULE

What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 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.
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?
  • 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.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Definitely varied - some were much more eager to teach than others.
Were you given responsibilities each day or was it more shadowing a physician/resident?
  • Some responsibilities, depends on the physician.
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.

CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS

Any other site specific suggestions?
  • Be proactive - ask for more responsibilities, offer to do a presentation - the instructors are all excellent here but are very busy.
If you could sum up your site and experience in a quote, what would it be?
  • Learned a lot, but sometimes felt like a nuisance.
Pros:
  • 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.
Cons:
  • Long commute!

Last revised: 02/11


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