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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

Psychiatry Clerkship at Belmont Hospital

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?
  • Please see official clerkship guidelines provided at the beginning of your rotation.

LIVING

If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • Please see official clerkship guidelines provided at the beginning of your rotation.
Food: Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • Please see official clerkship guidelines provided at the beginning of your rotation.

SITE STRUCTURE

How were the 3 weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
  • Students are assigned to two services from these choices: Adolescent and Child Psychiatry, Mood and Eating Disorders, Dual Diagnosis and Addictions.
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?
  • Students felt that lectures were a very good learning experience.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • Students made case write ups but complained that they did not get helpful feedback from it.

WORK SCHEDULE

What were your hours (roughly)?
  • Please see official clerkship guidelines provided at the beginning of your rotation.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)?
  • Please see official clerkship guidelines provided at the beginning of your rotation.
What was the call schedule? Were you able to pick your nights or trade with peers?
  • Please see official clerkship guidelines provided at the beginning of your rotation.
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • Students reported that all the attendings were "pleasant and helpful." Attendings were receptive to student questions and would spend time to teach if asked. Students mostly felt like they were part of the time although the Eating Disorders unit seemed to be more of a shadowing experience rather than hands on.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Students felt that teaching by attendings was very helpful. Many attendings were singled out as being strong teachers.

HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR

  • Talk to the techs about your patients as they spend the most time with them and give you advice on how to approach them. Start reading early, learn psychopharmacology early in the rotation, and don't procrastinate on the case write up as it tends to take a long time. Take initiative in getting to know your patients, spend as much time with them as you can to learn their story.

CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS

Pros:
  • Students were very satisfied with the rotation. Residents and attending were very good about spending time with medical students and teaching. Students were highly involved in patient care.
Cons:
  • Some services were more restrictive in what they would permit students to do.

Last revised: 01/12


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