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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Pediatrics Clerkship at South Philadelphia (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?
  • Walked or took the Broad Street line. Walk was about 15 minutes. There was free parking.


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?
  • No free food.


How were the 3 weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
  • I was the only student at my outpatient site and worked with 2 attendings who share responsibility at the clinic by dividing up the week. But, on Wednesdays, because of modules in the afternoon, I stayed at Jefferson and shadowed a specialist. I was able to choose whom to follow if there was more than one specialist in on that day. I followed a pediatric endocrinologist and a pediatric neurologist.
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, only modules at Jefferson one afternoon a week.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • No presentation necessary.


What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saw patients from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. I would go in to see a patient on my own first and would take a history and do a physical exam and then would come out and present to an attending. We would then both go back in together to see the patients. I was responsible for charting my encounter in EPIC, and my attending would review it and make any necessary changes. I would see anywhere from 8-15 patients in a day. If my attending saw a patient without me that had interesting findings, they would pull me in to see the patient. We would discuss management of certain diseases or conditions as they came up.
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?
  • Very much so, there are no residents at the site and the attendings/nurses greatly appreciate the help.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • It is decent. Not much teaching was done when it got busy, though.
Were you given responsibilities each day or was it more shadowing a physician/resident?
  • Yes, students are given adequate responsibilities.
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.


Any other site specific suggestions?
  • This is such a great place to do outpatient. The population of people served at this clinic is extremely diverse, which makes the time here very interesting. You can learn a lot about different cultures and their views on medicine in the United States. My only wish was that we were able to try giving immunizations. The nurses are the only ones that do this.
If you could sum up your site and experience in a quote, what would it be?
  • Terrific place to do outpatient because you get tons of hands on experience because you are the only student and there are no residents. Students will see "wide range of ages from newborn to late teen." They are also "provided an info packet with valuable resources and clear expectations." It is also a nice place to "work with several attending to learn different techniques/styles from each one." Students noticed "very encouraging attendings."

Last revised: 02/11

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