OUTPATIENT EXternship IN 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 6 PM; Thursday off; Friday 8 AM to 6 PM
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):
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