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Clerkships

The St. Petersburg General Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program prides itself on teaching and involving medical students in patient care. Students are often surprised by the variety of patients seen and the amount of procedures performed at our facility. Many students also return as residents to our program. We offer students a broad array of clinical rotations that foster growth of medical knowledge through direct patient-care experiences.

We are a core training site Lake College of Medicine (LECOM).We also accept applications from 3rd & 4th year medical students from all other AOA accredited osteopathic medical schools for single/multiple rotations.

Scheduling of all medical student rotations is arranged through the Medical Education Office in conjunction with the various departments. Please contact Julie Babiuk-Flaherty at (727) 341-4919 or email julie.babiukflaherty@hcahealthcare.com to schedule all student rotations.

Clerkship FAQs

1. Do you provide housing for clerkships? Housing, health insurance, and liability insurance are all the responsibility of the student. Our coordinators can suggest some resources or other information, but they cannot find housing for you.

2. When can I start applying for a clerkship position? Dates fill up quickly, so it is in your best interest to make arrangements as far in advance as you can. As a general rule, you will need to schedule at least 8 weeks in advance. However, be advised that cancellations are frowned upon (see below). View (PDF - 42.3KB) application.

3. What is the latest time that I can cancel or change the date of my clerkship rotation? Cancellations or date modifications should be made as far in advance as possible. Cancellations with little or no notice are taken seriously. If no valid reason is given, it may result in a call to your Dean of Student Affairs, and inability to schedule future rotations at St. Petersburg General Hospital.

4. Do you offer audition rotations? Yes! For 4th year medical students that are interested in our Family Medicine Residency, we offer a 4-week rotation the gives you 2 weeks of clinical experience in our Continuity of Care Clinic; and 2 weeks of Hospital Medicine experience with our team of Hospitalist attending, residents & interns. We schedule these rotations August – December.

General Information for Medical Students

Location of Hospital 
St. Petersburg General Hospital is centrally located in St. Petersburg Florida at 6500 38th Ave North.

Meals 
Medical Students eat free in our hospital cafeteria while on duty.

Dress Code 
All students must wear their (clean) white jackets with medical school insignias. Male students should wear a dress shirt and tie. Female students should wear a professional-looking blouse and slacks. Exceptions to this rule will be made only when a student is on a service that requires wearing scrubs. Hospital ID badge must worn at all times.

Length of Services 
All services must be scheduled for a minimum of four weeks.

Hours of Work  
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or as designated by the service.

Morning Report/Didactics
All medical students, even if rotating off-site, are required to be at Morning Report Mon – Thurs @7am; and at Didactics every Friday 8am – Noon. Certain rotations are given exception at the coordinators discretion. Repeated unexcused absences will result in notification to your academic affairs office and possible denial of future rotations at St. Pete General.

Parking  
All students are required to use the hospital’s Shuttle Service, which operates to and from Northside Baptist Church.  Round trips are estimated to take approximately 10 minutes.  The church is located approximately 1 mile east of St. Petersburg General Hospital on 38th Avenue North.  The shuttle operates Monday through Friday 6:00am to 8:00pm.  There is an incentive program for those using the offsite parking.

Required Documentation 
St. Petersburg General Hospital requires:

  • Letter of good standing from your Dean's Office
  • Immunization record
  • One passport-sized photograph
  • Certification of professional insurance
  • Background check

Orientation 
All Medical Students new to St. Petersburg General will receive hospital orientation on the first day of their rotation to acquaint him/her with hospital routines and policies.  Medical students are to report to Human Resources at 8:00am on the first day of their rotation to get an I.D. badge. The student will not be allowed on rotation without orientation. Some specialty rotations also require additional training/orientation. Please download and read Hospital Orientation for Visiting Medical Students (PDF - 1.5MB). You will need to print out page 41 and take the post test, and print and sign page 42. Also please download and read the HCA Code of Conduct (PDF - 6.94 MB). Print off page 38, which is the Acknowledgement page. Bring these three pages with you on your first day at St. Petersburg General Hospital.