Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

The Story of a Simulated Inpatient Medicine Rotation

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  • 1 Assistant Professor and Simulation Specialist, California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA.
  • | 2 Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs, California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA.
  • | 3 Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Assistant Professor, California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA.
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What do you do when a podiatric medicine–friendly teaching hospital abruptly terminates a required monthlong inpatient medicine rotation? You can try to negotiate a new rotation at another facility, but that's difficult in the San Francisco Bay Area with three local medical schools vying for similar positions. Instead, you need to think creatively.

Corresponding author: William J. Stiers, MD, California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA. (E-mail: bstiers@samuelmerritt.edu)