OUTPATIENT us clinical experience
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 15
Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place two miles from downtown Dallas.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 5 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 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.
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 physical exams under the physician's supervision.
Writing or entering clinic progress notes.
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Delivering talks about important topics.
Have opportunities to teach other team members.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals in the office to understand their roles and responsibilities.
Spending 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.
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 the 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 US clinical 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.
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.
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