How to Apply for Clerkship/Externship Experience
Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital's podiatric medicine and surgery residency program participates in the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) Uniform Clerkship Program.
Students who choose to participate in a clerkship/externship experience at the podiatric medicine and surgery residency program must submit a completed AACPM Uniform Podiatric Clerkship Application, along with a photo, letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three (3) letters of recommendation and NBPME Part I scores. The application can be submitted either electronically (one PDF formatted file) or through a mailing service of the student's choice as noted in the clerkship handbook.
Upon receipt and review of the application, the podiatric medicine and surgery residency program will contact the student (via email) and schedule a clerkship/externship based upon the student's preferred rotation choices and the program's open positions. The clerkship/externship start and end dates are mandated by the National Clerkship Calendar.
The Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine podiatric medicine and surgical externship is open to applicants from all the podiatric schools. Hahnemann's podiatric externship allows for a hands-on experience in a busy, Center City practice setting. The externship is a month-long program in podiatric patient care in the hospital and office setting, with an emphasis on surgical treatment and management.
A typical day as an extern begins, under the supervision of residents and attendings, with rounding, scrubbing surgical cases before and/or during office hours, evaluating and treating patients in an office setting, and evening rounds. Every surgical case will have at least one extern scrubbed in and they will be expected to have a general understanding of the surgical techniques and principles of the procedures. Office treatment modalities utilized by the students and residents include X-rays, injections, ultrasound guided injections, orthotics, bracing, and casting. Peripheral arterial disease testing, electronic gait analysis and EMG/NCV are also performed in the office. Students will participate with residents in daily conferences, discussing in-house patients and reviewing techniques for the surgical cases of the day.
There are weekly grand rounds reviewing the pre- and postoperative X-rays as well as resident presentation topics. Students will be assigned a topic presentation for one of the grand rounds. Students will also participate in an evening monthly meeting which includes journal club, resident off service presentations, morbidity and mortalities, and review of predetermined academic topics.
Students committed to scheduling and completing a clerkship/externship at our program will be responsible for obtaining their own temporary housing. View additional information about temporary housing.
Prior to student's scheduled clerkship/externship, the program's externship manual is to be reviewed. Download the Externship Manual.
Please visit the CASPR CRIP web page for additional information.
Please note that residents are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University College of Medicine.
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