Why did you choose this fieldwork?
fast paced acute care setting with many opportunities and exposures to advanced practice and specialty practice
Please indicate type of setting:
Please describe your living and commuting situation. (Was accomodation offered? Public transportation or parking offered? Please include price paid, location and conditions.)
No accomadation stipends were offered, but the area has many options for short term sublets as there are always university students and other interns associated with the hospital. Craigslist has several adds constantly, and the CCE, Deb Bolding, has access to an in-house housing assistance network.
Describe types of conditions or diagnoses, as well as age ranges exposed to during this fieldwork.
My rotation was on the acute care ortho and ortho trauma units. 50 percent of my caseload were elective total joint replacements, the other 50 percent were ortho traumas (mainly MVA, MCA and other accidents during the summer months).
What types of assessments and interventions were used?
COPM, FIM, SLUMS, ACLS, Executive Function Performance Test
What are your thoughts on the site's environment for the employees and students? (Please consider: organization, collaboration, mentoring, learning opportunities)
Very efficient hospital that has students 365 days a year. The general staff attitudes embrace learning, the rehab department has a variety of personalities and all the rehab disciplines collaborate well together. Many shared resources among rehab staff and access to all Stanford Med School resources.
Please comment on personality traits and/or preparation that would facilitate success at this site.
Self directed learners do well here, must be open to the acute care atmosphere, be ready for short hospital stays and maximizing treatment sessions.
While in the area, don't miss ...
SF bay area has a lot to offer... also San Jose is nice too. If you have some time to go to Sonoma, Carmel Beach, and Santa Cruz on the weekends you will find some beautiful sites.
How many stars would you give your experience, from one to five?
Any lasting thoughts or advice?
I would advise students to email before arriving and be very comfortable with the CI's assigned units and expectations as a level 2 student. Many CI's seemed to expect different levels of autonomy from their students, so make sure you understand what the expectations are.
Review submitted September 8, 2009 by Michelle Messer