OUTPATIENT EXternship IN endocrinology
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 15
Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place two miles from downtown Dallas.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 5 PM
What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He has been recognized as one of the top physicians in Dallas as well as the nation. He is involved with teaching internal medicine residents from the Methodist Dallas Medical Center. He is also actively involved in research at his practice location, having been trained in research methodology at such institutions as Harvard, Yale, Mayo Clinic, Baylor, and UT Southwestern.
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.
There may be opportunities to attend Noon Conference and Grand Rounds at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center but this is at the discretion of the attending physician.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
Part of your rotation may 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 participation in research projects. 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 the exact nature of the project will be decided by the preceptor.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will find this rotation particularly useful. Since internal medicine and endocrinology problems are commonly encountered in many fields, IMGs seeking careers in other specialties will also find value in this rotation.
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.
Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Roy Ziegelstein (Vice Dean for Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Former Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center) about How to Match Successfully in Internal Medicine