OUTPATIENT EXternship IN DERMatoPATHOLOGY
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 5
Where the rotation will take place: You will be rotating through a practice within several miles of the world famous Texas Medical Center.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
What you will do: You will work directly with a physician who is known to be a gifted educator and mentor. He holds faculty appointments at the following medical schools:
Baylor College of Medicine (Associate Clinical Professor)
McGovern Medical School at UT Health (Associate Clinical Professor)
University of Texas Medical Branch (Clinical Professor)
He is actively involved in the education of residents from Baylor, UT Houston, UTMB, and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
In the mornings, you will see patients in his office. There will be opportunities to take the patient history. You may also be able to perform the exam under the preceptor's supervision. You will also deliver talks, teach other team members, and provide patient education.
In the afternoon, you will participate in dermatopathology sign out and the grossing of specimens. In the office, you may have a chance to interact with other students, residents, and fellows.
This physician is very much involved in research. So, for the motivated IMG, there will be opportunities to publish case reports or articles. He has over 180 publications on record at PubMed.
Please note that you will be actively involved during this pathology experience.
You will receive regular feedback from the physician.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking patient care experience, pathology experience, or dermatology experience should consider this rotation. IMGs pursuing residency training in primary care specialties will also find this rotation beneficial as skin problems are a common complaint in outpatient medicine. IMGs interested in building their CV through publication will be able to do so under the supervision of a prolific writer.
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.
"This rotation is very helpful for those wishing to pursue Dermatology or Pathology. The preceptor is a very knowledgeable person who has a day filled with activities, including clinical interactions, microscopic review, and grossing. He is also active with research and is willing to help others get started on one. For those wanting to make an excellent impression for future residency programs, this is a good rotation to get involved in." - Ryan
"This was a unique rotation in that it works well for someone interested in Pathology or Dermatology. The attending physician is highly capable in both fields which allows you to receive extensive experience in those areas. Even more unique though, was his sincere interest in teaching along with his genuine care for his patients. During the rotation, you get to significantly broaden your knowledge, but you also get a chance to remember why you went into medicine in the first place. A great breath of fresh air in our fast-paced, at times disconnected, world." - Kevin