OUTPATIENT US clinical experience
IN family medicine
Specialty: Family Medicine
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 198
Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in the Dallas Fort Worth area (30 minutes north of downtown Dallas). Please note that the preceptor has two offices approximately 10 miles apart. While you will not be visiting both locations on the same day, you will be responsible for arranging your own transportation to these offices.
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 AM to 6 PM; 2nd Saturday of the month 9 AM to 1 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 family medicine physician who has an extensive background in teaching, has served in the past as chief resident, clerkship director, and family medicine residency program director. He used to serve on the faculty at several medical schools and is the recipient of multiple awards for patient care and teaching. The doctor is on the hospital staff at Medical City Healthcare. Through his involvement in the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Practice, he serves annually as a Judge in their Poster Competition where he evaluates the scholarly work of family medicine residents.
You will see patients in his office. Please note that this is not a shadowing observership. You will be actively involved in patient care. After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care and your level of responsibility will increase throughout the course of the rotation:
Taking patient histories.
Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Working with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
Although this experience is largely clinical, there may be opportunities to participate in projects to improve the physician's practice. Please note that the exact nature of the project, if available, will be decided by the preceptor. Interested students should discuss this further with the preceptor early in the rotation.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in family 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.
For anybody who is interested in primary and preventive care, this rotation is an excellent learning opportunity. Everything you learn will come very handy in future clinical experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this doctor.