Inpatient/OUTPATIENT US clinical experience
IN pain medicine
Specialty: Pain Medicine
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 81
Where will this rotation take place: This inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience 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
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 anesthesiologist who also completed a pain medicine 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. 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.
Writing or entering clinic notes
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Observing a variety of procedures.
The activities above will mostly take place in the outpatient setting. As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational.
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 US clinical experience in anesthesiology or pain medicine.
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.
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."