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atlanta psychiatry

outpatient externship in psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 193


Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient rotation will take place in Atlanta (approximately 15 miles north of downtown). ​

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM

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 physician who is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology. Although the physician has completed training in both psychiatry and neurology, the practice is largely psychiatric in its focus although there are some patients with neurological conditions like dementia that may be seen for management of behavioral problems. The split between patients seen in this office is 80% psychiatry and 20% neurology. This physician has extensive experience educating medical students and international medical graduates. The physician has hospital privileges at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center. 

In this clinical experience, you will be asked to take on an active role with patient care. You will perform the initial interview, and document the findings in the EMR. When documenting in the EMR, you will be asked to offer your diagnosis and recommendations, an exercise that will help you build your problem-solving skills. Approximately 30 patients are seen per day (2/3 in person; 1/3 tele-health). Please note that this is a high-volume clinic with significant patient interaction. While the volume of patients will limit the amount of time that can be spent on teaching per patient, the preceptor will spend more time teaching on the particularly interesting cases that come to the clinic. 

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 histories.

  • You will present cases, including your assessment and plan.

  • You will enter notes in the EMR.

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

  • You will work with a wide range of healthcare professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and therapists, and understand their roles on the healthcare team.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Please note that there are typically 4-5 students at a time. However, during peak periods, there may be up to 8 students. 

​​Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking clinical experience in psychiatry. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will also find this rotation particularly useful since mental health problems are common in these specialties. 

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.


"During this rotation, I was given a large amount of patient exposure and many opportunities to practice my consultation skills. I was exposed to large variety of patients and was given the opportunity to lead psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups/medication reviews...The doctor always took time to answer any questions and gave us a lot of independence during this rotation."


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