Thinking Man on Couch

Detroit psychiatry

inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience in psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 163


Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place 40 miles west of downtown Detroit (approximately 45 minute drive). Please note that this rotation is currently available only as a tele-rotation. Please see our tele-rotations page for more information.

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 AM to 7 PM  (some days you will finish a bit earlier)

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 physician who completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan. After residency, he completed two fellowships - one in addiction psychiatry and the other in child and adolescent psychiatry. As a faculty member at both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, he is actively involved in the education of U.S. medical students who rotate with him in his outpatient practice. He is also called upon to lecture at the medical school. 

Most of the experience will take place in the outpatient setting. A small component (5-10%) will take place in an inpatient facility specializing in the care of foster children where you will encounter a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and drug use. 


Initially, the focus will be on gaining proficiency in writing the clinic note. Then you will begin to take histories under the preceptor's supervision. Your responsibilities are listed below. 

  • Taking histories

  • Performing the exam under the preceptor's supervision.

  • Developing evidence-based therapeutic plans.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing progress notes.

  • Educating patients.

  • Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • May deliver talks about important topics.

  • Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.


The activities above will mostly take place in the outpatient setting. As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

​​Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in psychiatry. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics will also find this rotation particularly useful since mental health problems are common in these specialties. 


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.  Please note that this letter of recommendation will be written on hospital letterhead.


​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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