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First Aid for Jefferson Clerkship Students

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clerkship at All Sites


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • Good hours with no call
  • Dr. Ankam is great!
  • Can explore the different aspects of PM&R if you are interested.
  • 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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