Frequently Asked Questions

What is Doctoring?
Can medical students write notes in the patients' charts?
Can medical students perform procedures on the patients?
Do medical students take in-house call?
Where do medical students sleep while on call?
Do medical students have the weekend off?
Who do I call if my student did not show up to work today?
What do I do when I have a problem student?


What is Doctoring?

Doctoring is a mandatory class for Year 1, 2, and 3 UCLA Medical Students. It is held once every other week on either a Tuesday or Thursday. The purpose of the course is to learn principles of medicine using simulated patients as well as to see patients in clinic with their assigned proctor. On their assigned Doctoring day, medical students are relieved of all clinical duties at Cedars-Sinai, including no morning pre-rounding.

 

Can medical students write notes in the patients' charts?

Yes. Medical students are expected to function as an important member of the surgical team. This includes pre-rounding, writing daily progress notes, etc. A resident or attending surgeon must review, edit, addend, and sign each student note. It is not necessary to have another progress note to be written by a physician member of the team.

 

Can medical students perform procedures on the patients?

Yes. Per Cedars-Sinai policy, students may perform procedures as long as they are performing it under the direct supervision of a resident or attending who has privileges to perform that procedure. This applies to both bedside procedures and procedures performed in the operating room.

 

Do medical students take in-house call?

Depends on the rotation:

  • All Year 3 clerkships in surgery include at least 3 in-house calls every 4-6 days
  • Year 4 sub-internships in surgery do not usually require in-house call, with the exception of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery. Please refer to the course description for each rotation for details. Year 4 students must remain on pager after-hours and during weekends in case of educationally valuable emergency cases.

Where do medical students sleep while on call?

Medical students have pre-assigned call-rooms accessible by their badge on Lower Level, RM A-304. If you have problems accessing the call rooms, ask Alan Pierce to help.

 

Do medical students have the weekend off?

No. Students are expected to come in and round on the weekends, alongside their team members, unless it is their day off for the week. Typically, Year 3 students are off on either Saturday or Sunday.

 

Who do I call if my student did not show up to work today?

Please immediately call either Alan Pierce or Dr. Nicolas Melo  if your student is missing from work.

 

What do I do when I have a problem student?

We encourage you to communicate with Alan Pierce as soon as you feel that you have a problem student on your service. He and Dr. Melo will help address these issues, give feedback to the student, and communicate the problems with the School of Medicine, as necessary.

 

To add to the FAQs, please email Alan Pierce at Alan.Pierce@cshs.org.