DistantMets said:I was thinking about doing a few weeks of SCI at Kessler and I was wondering if anyone has had experience with the service or with Dr. Kirshblum? Thanks.
axm397 said:I did an SCI rotation with Dr. Kirshblum at Kessler my 4th yr of med school (last year). I LOVED my time there - it's longer hours since Dr. K has lots of administrative duties and he is very thorough and compassionate with each of his patients. I think I pre-rounded on about 4 pts max, presented them during rounds, then took care of orders, visited pts in PT/OT/ST, followed up on studies and lab work, etc. I worked with ONE resident and he was great. There are other SCI attendings with 1 resident each and some med students. (many from UMDNJ since it's a required rotation)
I know exactly which attending dalox is talking about too. She's one of those you either hate or love her and she either hates or loves you type thing... She's more talk than action though.
Anyways, if you get to do a rotation with Dr. Kirshblum, you will definitely learn A LOT. He is a wonderful teacher and although he is a "superstar", he doesn't act like one. He spends time with his patients and their families and treats everyone with respect. He is gentle, and genuinely caring. There's just not enough good things to say about him. He is also the residency program director now (or associate???) which will also help you. And a letter from him, if you can get one (it's hard to get enough time with him to really get to know you and write a good letter.), will definitely open doors. He is definitely one of the best human beings I have ever met.