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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Pediatrics Clerkship at St. Francis - 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?
  • Car - must drive - takes approximately 45 mins.

LIVING

If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • No housing provided.
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • There were no free lunches, and you needed to bring your lunch every day.

SITE STRUCTURE

How were the weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
  • No specific divisions. You work with 1 attending the entire time in the outpatient clinic. There are no residents and no other students.
Are you able to request what you want?
  • No - there are really no choices to make.

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?
  • There were informal learning sessions with the attending, but you report to A.I. duPont every Wednesday for 3 hours of learning based on the provided modules.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • Attending dependent. Ask upon arriving on rotation.

WORK SCHEDULE

What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 8 a.m.- 5 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?
  • No weekends. No holidays.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
  • No call.
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • Students only work with one attending and feel as if their opinions and thoughts are taken seriously. Student always work cooperatively toward developing the differential.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Good informal teaching for the patients seen previously in clinic.

HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR

  • Interact with patients as much as possible and don't be afraid to take initiative when it comes to seeing patients. Communicate your opinions on the differential even if you think you may be wrong.

CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS

Pros:
  • Great opportunity to work with an underserved population.
  • Only medical student on the rotation, so you get a lot of exposure and 1 on 1 with attendings.
Cons:
  • Long drive.
  • "Surprisingly hard grading"
  • There is a large Spanish speaking population, so if you don't speak the language, it may be difficult.

Last revised: 01/12


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