Detroit psychiatry

outpatient externship in psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 1​0


Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place at two locations in Detroit. One office is located in a northeastern suburb of Detroit (approximately 35 miles from downtown). The other office is located 20 miles north of downtown Detroit. Transportation will be needed to travel to these locations. ​

Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM


What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is a graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. After completing his psychiatry residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he has been practicing psychiatry in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. He continues to periodically give lectures to the psychiatry residents at Henry Ford Hospital.

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:

  • You will obtain patient information from a variety of sources, including the patient interview, medical record, and other reports. At times, you will do this with your preceptor. At other times, you will perform independent assessments.

  • You will perform the exam under the preceptor's supervision.

  • You will develop evidence-based therapeutic plans.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write progress notes.

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • You may deliver talks about important topics.

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals, including licensed therapists and social workers, to understand their roles and responsibilities.


You will spend time with other office staff learning about the roles and responsibilities. You will also be exposed to the business side of psychiatry. 


You will learn a lot about how a practice is run. "I am very interested on the business side of medicine, private practice, insurance reimbursement discussions, physician salary, etc.," says the preceptor. "I enjoy learning about these things and educating students/residents about this." 


You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Overall, 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.   

​​Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care 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. 

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.


"The rotation provides a vary wide range of patients from adults to kids and the preceptor is very helpful and enthusiastic about teaching.The doctor has an amazing skill of time management that I really admired. He gave me a better direction as to what kind of of doctor I want to be in the future. I learned efficiency and communication skills from him. I also learned good patient care and how to confidently gather information even from a difficult patient. He never failed to provide feedback for my work and the feedback was always constructive and encouraging which I was looking for in my mentor. It was inspiring for me to work with him."

Fatema (MD2B Connect Client)

"The attending's best attribute was his ability to come up with a correct diagnosis quickly, I also admired his time and orderliness, He was always on time with his patients and liked to keep a regular schedule. He also pushed me to learn psychiatric methods of interviewing and encouraged me to learn more about difficult topics. He understood that 4 weeks was a short time to learn a lot of the information in the psychiatric rotation, and that every day was precious in learning or perfecting an area of psychiatry."

Nikhil (MD2B Connect Client)

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Last updated: January 10, 2020


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