atlanta neurology

OUTPATIENT EXternship IN neurology

Specialty: Neurology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 147

Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient hands-on rotation will take place in Atlanta, Georgia (in suburbs 20 miles north of Atlanta). Please note that the preceptor has two offices that are approximately ten 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. 


He would like students considering this rotation to know that he enjoys teaching. 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):

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Memory impairment

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • Headache

  • Fibromyalgia

Procedures performed in the office include nerve conduction testing, EEG, and concussion testing. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care under supervision (please note that this will not be a shadowing observership experience; you will be actively involved in patient care):​

  • You will take patient histories.

  • You will perform exams under the physician's supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will 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 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 hands-on patient care experience in neurology.  

Will a letter of recommendation be offered: Yes, assuming that the IMG meets the expectations of the rotation. Dr. Desai will provide the physician with guidelines which will improve the quality of the letter. 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." - Suyoung "The doctor is a really good doctor and teacher, he is very patient to students and enjoys teaching. He can always explain some complicated knowledge in a simple way....He also provides some great materials for us to enrich our knowledge...He asks every student to make a presentation of certain type of diseases to make us learn more...I learned a lot and really enjoyed this rotation." - Mingyu "The doctor was very receptive to questions, and willing to discuss patient differential diagnoses and treatment. He also provided opportunities to collect patient histories and form a presentation on a neurological topic of our choice." - Yana


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