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First Aid for Third Year Clerkships at JMC

General Surgery Clerkship at duPont

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?
  • Driving is really the only option; took about 35-45 minutes from center city.

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?
  • No free food but on-call meal vouchers which added up to $30 to the cafeteria each week - had to get them in advance though (i.e., before you stayed on call) Caf was good, reasonable prices, took cash and credit.

SITE STRUCTURE

How were the 6 weeks divided up?
  • All time spent on one pediatrics general service.
Are you able to request what you want?
  • N/A.

FORMAL LEARNING

Did you have lectures/didactic sessions at your rotation site?
  • No lectures sessions while at duPont.
Did you give a presentation? Were you required to do so?
  • Yes - a 35-45 min presentation on surgical topic of student's choice. Given at one of the weekly morning meetings to residents and attendings at the end of rotation.

WORK SCHEDULE

What were your hours (roughly)?
  • 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 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?
  • Refer to official clerkship guidelines.
What was the call schedule?
  • One night per week and 3 weekend days. No set schedule you just choose which night you want to stay each week and the same with the weekends. Try to coordinate with your peers because students get more opportunity when they are the only student on call.
In the Hospital, did you feel a part of the ‘team’? Did residents/attendings appreciate you?
  • Yes absolutely! But you have to take initiative especially at the beginning to be an active member of the team and show interest in the field.
How was the teaching by attendings?
  • Excellent - was able to get lots of one on one time in the OR as well as surgery clinic with attendings. Attendings were approachable and enjoyed teaching - Especially Dr Katz, Dr Jones, and Dr Vinocer.

HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR

  • Get to know your patients and their families - it makes your job more fun and the families really appreciate it. Be helpful in the OR - the OR staff, anesthesia team, and surgeons will appreciate it. Ask Fran/Kelly to show you how to update the list and then stay on top of it! It makes everyones life easier if the list is updated by sign out.

CANDID COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS

Pros:
  • Cute patients, fun environment, awesome OR staff, lots of attending interaction, no interns so med students actually get to do a lot. The residents from Jeff were awesome.
Cons:
  • Long drive and because pediatric surgery is a subspecialty the residents are just rotating thru from other hospitals and some of them have no interest in peds surgery at all.

Last revised: 01/12


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