Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I keep adding to my procedure and patient logs as the clerkship progresses or do I need to wait until the end of the clerkship to enter the data?
Absolutely, our computerized logs will save data as you add it to create a cumulative list at the end of the clerkship. There is no need to keep a written log of this information.
2. Do I have to take official holidays off or can I take a different day off instead?
The clerkship policy is one day off per week on average including official holidays. It is up to you (and pending the approval of your team and the clerkship directors) to take a different day rather than an official holiday or to pool your days if you need a weekend off.
3. I need to go to a very important event that will take me more than one day off. Is this allowed in certain circumstances?
The clerkship policy is one day off per week on average including official holidays. It is up to you (and pending the approval of your team and the clerkship directors) to take a different day rather than an official holiday or to pool your days if you need a weekend off. It is always good to review the official COM absence policy which is found under clerkship responsibilities as we do follow this policy.
4. What is the daily routine like on the wards? How do I know what my team expects of me?
You may find reading the Survival Guide helpful. Though it applies to other rotations, too, the basic information on how to pre-round, how to present, and how to write your notes is useful to this clerkship. Also, you should ask your resident about expectations on the very first day with your team.
5. Why can’t we go to the resident conferences and have the clerkship conferences at a different time?
The core clerkship conferences are scheduled simultaneously with the resident conferences on purpose. Residents are required to attend their conferences and thus, should create no pressure (such as rounding late) to prevent you from attending your conference. The clerkship conferences are selected to be the critical topics we think you need at your stage of training. While the residents have excellent conferences, they may be at a different level than you need or not cover the core topics you need in your 8 weeks as their conferences run over a year’s schedule.
However, you are welcome to attend a resident conference of particular interest to you. The schedule is posted on the medicine residency website.
6. Why can’t conference _______ be at a different time?
Chances are whichever conference or teaching activity whose time you don’t like could be moved (with a few exceptions). However, a different set of students would likely then be unhappy. “You can please some of the people some of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” We had to commit to certain times.
7. How long do we get for the exam?
Two hours and forty-five minutes (the national standard and requirement) and it goes by very quickly so pace yourselves!
8. May we get food at the resident conference to take to our conferences?
No, that would be very tacky. Do not eat the residents’ food. Even if you plan to attend the resident conference, do not eat their food. If there is food left over at the end, then you are welcome to it.
9. I don’t feel comfortable handing out the patient evaluation form, can someone else do this?
Absolutely, this is valuable feedback for you but it is understandable why you may feel awkward. Your team’s case manager or the nurse is a good resource for this with inpatients as they meet with the patients prior to discharge. (You may just want to remind them to either return the form to you or put it in campus mail.) Patients are commonly asked to fill out satisfaction forms, so I wouldn’t worry as much as many of you do.
10. Who sees the peer and patient evaluation data?
You and the clerkship directors (the clerkship program assistant prints it out). This information is accessed and printed after grades are assigned and it is not given to Dr. Duff’s office. (However, you should already be aware that the dean, associate and assistant deans, have access to pretty much any data in the CGI system if they want it. Fortunately they are quite trustworthy and have plenty of better things to do with their time than look up your data. But, I don’t want to mislead you in any way.)