OUTPATIENT US Clinical experience
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 147
Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient U.S. clinical experience will take place in Atlanta, Georgia (in suburbs 20 miles north of Atlanta). Please note that the preceptor has two offices that are approximately 18 miles apart. You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation to these locations.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 8 AM to 5 PM; Thursday 8 AM to Noon
Hours have been provided by the preceptor. Hours are subject to change at the preceptor’s discretion, but the minimum total hours will remain approximately the same.
What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a board-certified neurologist who is on staff at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and American Headache Foundation. He has educated hundreds of international medical students throughout the course of his long career in neurology. As an international medical graduate himself, this preceptor is very sensitive to the challenges that IMGs face in establishing their careers in the U.S. Many of his past students have entered residency.
On a typical day, 20-25 patients are seen in the office with a wide range of conditions. Approximately 50% of patients are Caucasian with the remaining half split evenly between African American and Hispanic patients. Age range of patients is wide from young adults to the elderly.
He would like students considering this rotation to know that he enjoys teaching. He has a large collection of teaching notes and digitized presentations on various neurological topics and is very knowledgeable about the latest updates in the field. The following are the words he uses to describe the clinical experience you will have in his practice:
A very relaxed and stress-free rotation. See a wide variety of patients.
Among the conditions you will encounter in the practice (please note that this is not an exhaustive list):
Headache (tension, cluster, migraine, post-traumatic)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Procedures performed in the office include nerve conduction testing, EEG, concussion testing, and Botox injections for treatment of migraines. Rotoators will have the opportunity to observe these procedures.
After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient encounters and learn the following under the preceptor’s supervision:
Taking patient histories.
Performing exams under the physician's supervision.
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
Please note that every student rotating through this practice will be expected to deliver a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation on a neurology topic towards the end of the rotation. Since residency programs will require you to make presentations on a regular basis, this will be an excellent opportunity to hone your skills in this area
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in neurology.
How to obtain a letter of recommendation: The rotator should ask the preceptor for a LOR near the conclusion of the rotation. Dr. Desai has provided the physician with guidelines about best practices in letter writing that meet residency program requirements. In some cases, the preceptor may ask the rotator to write a letter of recommendation draft.
During the rotation: Our team will be checking in periodically with you to ensure that you are having an optimal experience. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions during the rotation.
Wondering how to do well during your neurology rotation? Read Dr. Desai's Article - How To Succeed in Your Neurology Rotation
"The doctor was very caring. He explained every related background such as patient history, management plan in each case. It was the most comfortable environment to learn, ask questions that I have experienced. Outstanding experience in the outpatient neurology clinic with real nice preceptor."