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First Aid for Jefferson Clerkship Students

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clerkship at All Sites

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?
  • Rotations at Jefferson and Magee are within walking distance from campus.
  • Those at Bryn Mawr and Dupont will require a car but can use public transportation or carpool.

LIVING

If you lived away from campus, how was the housing?
  • N/A

FOOD

Was it paid for? Were there free lunches? Did you get meal vouchers when you were on-call?
  • No free food. No call.

SITE STRUCTURE

How were the 3 weeks divided up? What are the teams or the options for the rotations?
  • You spend all of your three weeks at one location: Jefferson, Magee, Dupont, Moss, or Bryn Mawr.
Are you able to request what you want?
  • You can try emailing ahead of time.

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?
  • Formal lectures are held on Friday mornings at Jefferson for all students. They were informative, well-organized, low-key, and included small-group didactics. Some involved osteopathic manipulation techniques as well.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • Jefferson and Dupont: A short (15 minutes) presentation is required
  • Magee: Presentation is assigned by the Attending (15-20 mins.)
  • Moss: Not required or assigned.

WORK SCHEDULE

What were your hours (roughly)?
  • Inpatient: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Outpatient: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Did you get off on major holidays, or were you expected to be there (i.e. Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday after Thanksgiving)?
  • Depends on the Surgery overall scheduling. Probably off.
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?
  • Yes, in general, though it depends on the particular resident/attending. Residents definitely appreciated students and were good teachers.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Depends on the Attending. Drs. Ankam and Formal were very nice about taking time out to teach.

HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR:

  • Typical things - Be nice to patient and staff, be enthusiastic and have a good presentation.
  • Be present with the team at all times.
  • Remain interested in your patients. Ask questions and be informed. Be assertive about presenting your patients on rounds.
  • Help to educate the patient's family.

CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS

Pros:
  • Good hours with no call
  • Dr. Ankam is great!
  • Can explore the different aspects of PM&R if you are interested.
Cons:
  • Expectations were unclear at times. Not very many responsibilities for the student.
  • Some sites are far and can be more time-consuming to get to.

Last revised: 01/12


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