OUTPATIENT EXternship IN Allergy/Immunology
Specialty: Allergy & Immunology
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 4
Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place in a northwest suburb of Dallas (approximately 25 miles from downtown).
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 9 AM to 1 PM; Wednesday 12 PM to 5:30 PM; Thursday 10 AM to 1 PM; Friday 9 AM to 1 PM
What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is involved with teaching internal medicine residents and allergy/immunology fellows. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. As a resident, he received an award in recognition of superb humanistic qualities.
You will see patients in his office. After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this is not a shadowing observership; you will be actively involved in patient care):
You will take patient histories.
You will perform physical exams under the physician's supervision.
You will present patients.
You will write or enter clinic progress notes.
You will research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
You will educate patients.
You will deliver talks about important topics.
You will have opportunities to teach other team members.
You will spend time with other healthcare professionals in the office to understand their roles and responsibilities.
You will spend time in the front office and billing departments to understand how an office operates.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
Part of your rotation will include protected time for you to work on a variety of projects to improve the physician's practice. This may include creation of patient care handouts, material for inclusion in the practice's website, and case reports. This will be an excellent opportunity to gain valuable skills in patient care while taking part in non-patient care related activities that will strengthen your CV for residency. Please note that this physician preceptor has published and presented extensively in a variety of journal and at conferences.
There may be opportunities to attend Grand Rounds.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics will find this rotation particularly useful since allergy problems are common in outpatient practice.
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.
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