Inpatient/OUTPATIENT EXternship IN anesthesiology
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 81
Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on inpatient and outpatient rotation will take place in College Station, Texas (home to Texas A & M University and approximately 90 miles from Houston).
Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM to 3 PM
What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a board-certified anesthesiologist who also completed a pain management fellowship. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and has presented his research at anesthesiology meetings across the country. He has developed expertise in cutting-edge interventional pain procedures and utilizes his breadth of knowledge and technical ability to provide relief to patients suffering from pain. He believes that all patients should be treated as if they were family, and strives to instill the same feeling in future physicians. He is a staff member at CHI/St. Joseph Health and Physician's Center Hospital.
You will see patients in his office (approximately 20-25 patients are seen per day) and also accompany him to the hospital. Please note that this is not a shadowing experience. You will be actively involved in hands-on patient care. After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care:
You will take patient histories.
You will perform exams under the physician's supervision.
You will present patients.
You will write or enter clinic notes
You will research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
You will educate patients.
You will observe a variety of procedures.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
Although this experience is largely clinical, there may be opportunities to participate in projects in the physician's office. Examples include the development of case reports, patient education handouts, and content for the practice website. Please note that the availability of these projects is at the discretion of the preceptor.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in anesthesiology or pain medicine.
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 that will improve the quality of the letter.
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.
Listen to Dr. Desai's Advice on How to Match into Anesthesiology:
"The doctor knows pain medicine inside out. He would answer questions/doubts every time in very detailed answers. He would explain the procedure before you see patients so that you know what he is doing in each step. He would let you scrub in for a 'big' surgery, for example, spinal cord stimulation implantation. You get the opportunity to see the whole surgery very closely, and he will let you experience hands-on experiences. You get to see lots of MRI and CT images. It's a good of training your eyes looking at imaging and making a diagnosis. If you want to encounter local anesthesia, this rotation and preceptor is perfect for you. You get to see a lot of local anesthesia from just simple lidocaine all the way to the sphenopalatine ganglion block. Suppose you are thinking about a fellowship in pain medicine or just curious about the field; this rotation is perfect for you."
Dennis (MD2B Connect Client)