houston gastroenterology

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We have multiple gastroenterology rotations in Houston.

Please click on your rotation of interest below to learn more about the rotation

HOUSTON GASTroenterology #1

 

OUTPATIENT EXternship IN GASTROENTEROLOGY

Specialty: Gastroenterology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 23

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Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on rotation will take place 45 minutes north of downtown Houston. 

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 AM to 5 PM; Friday 8 AM to 3 PM

What you will do: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a highly regarded physician educator who is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. 

Although he has been in private practice for over 10 years, he remains actively involved in education. He is a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. In this capacity, he periodically staffs cases in the Department of Gastroenterology at the Ben Taub Hospital, one of the main teaching hospitals at Baylor. As a preceptor, he has also hosted first-year medical students as part of their Physician, Patient, and Society course. In this role, he helps students acquire clinical skills. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this is not a shadowing observership; you will be actively involved in patient care). This includes the following:

  • You will take patient histories.

  • You will perform physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • You will present patients.

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

  • You will be involved in patient education.

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

You may also have the opportunity to attend GI Grand Rounds at the Baylor College of Medicine.

There may also be time set aside to work on a project to improve the physician's practice. Some possibilities include participating in activities that cultivate a holistic approach to health care. There may also be possible opportunities for volunteer work in a charitable project. Please note that the exact nature of the project will be decided by you and your preceptor. 

 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Internal Medicine or Gastroenterology.

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.

See Where Our Students Applying to Internal Medicine Have Received Interviews or Matched

Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Roy Ziegelstein (Vice Dean for Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Former Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center) about How to Match Successfully in Internal Medicine


"The preceptor is not only an expert in his field, but also an excellent teacher and a great mentor. I was highly impressed by the manner he sees his patients and learned a lot how to take patient histories, write notes and give a presentation about patients and topics. He has enthusiasm to teach and help his trainees and encouraged me at times heartfully." - Yoonho "This rotation was really good. I got hands-on experience and timely feedback from the physician. And the physician is enthusiastic in teaching. I have learned a lot from him." - Lu "Practices integrated medicine; has a very fresh and comprehensive approach to medicine; very knowledgeable; a doctor with very good principles; genuine desire to change the world for the better; goes out of his way to make sure that his students are benefiting from the experience; he has tremendous respect for his patients, which is reciprocated by his patients; everyday was a new learning experience with him; gained a new perspective for things after rotating with him; a very pleasurable experience." - Shruti "The doctor is really helpful and considerate. He is knowledgeable and always willing to teach. Patient-physician relationship is exceedingly important to him and this changed my way of practicing medicine...During the rotation, my interview and present skills improved a lot, and also patient note writing skill. The doctor read my note word by word and helped me refining my patient note. This is the best rotation ever." - Junting "The doctor is a brilliant clinician with a passion for an integrative approach with is patients. He is kind and approachable...The care he delivered was personalized...He is very systematic in his approach and methodical...Overall my experience was great and I couldn't have asked for more." - Jinzy "The doctor is always willing to sit down and have a talk with me. He is patient with all my questions and explains in detail. He will let me know all the next steps in the plan and tries to get me involved in all things. He really cares. He trained me how to take history independently and write patient notes, then he will help me correct the patient notes I wrote...Perfect doctor offers this perfect rotation." - Sifan "This rotation has helped me develop my communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills. It taught me how to be a good listener, letting the patient tell their story, minimizing interruptions and being sensitive to their non-verbal cues. This helped me establish and cultivate a trusting physician-patient relationship. It also refined my skill in history taking. Moreover, I learned how to present and write the patient`s history in a more cohesive way. The doctor is an excellent teacher and mentor. He is very passionate on what he does. He directs, leads, and teaches you to develop critical thinking. He is very generous in sharing his knowledge. I admire his compassion and kindness towards his patients." - Kathleen





HOUSTON GASTROENTEROLOGY #1

TESTIMONIALS

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Houston gastroenterology #2

 

Inpatient/outpatient externship in Gastroenterology

Specialty: Gastroenterology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 68

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Where will the rotation take place: The outpatient hands-on experience will take place at two offices: one is 30 minutes south of downtown Houston and the other is 1 hour south of downtown Houston. The inpatient component will take place 30 minutes south of downtown Houston. You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation. 

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

What you will do: This is an inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a  board certified gastroenterologist. He is known for his bedside manner, and his efforts to really form connections with his patients. When we asked him what he wants IMGs to learn from his rotation, he said the following:

The art of storytelling and story listening is the most important thing I want IMGs or any other student of medicine to take away from my practice.

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this is not a shadowing observership; you will be actively involved in patient care). This includes the following:

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  • You will take patient histories.

  • You will perform physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write progress notes. 

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

  • You will be involved in patient education.

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

There may be opportunities to participate in projects to improve the practice. Examples include data analysis projects leading to publication at national GI society meetings. Please note that the availability of the project is at the discretion of the preceptor. 

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

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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.

See Where Our Students Applying to Internal Medicine Have Received Interviews or Matched

Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Roy Ziegelstein (Vice Dean for Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Former Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center) about How to Match Successfully in Internal Medicine


"The preceptor is not only an expert in his field, but also an excellent teacher and a great mentor. I was highly impressed by the manner he sees his patients and learned a lot how to take patient histories, write notes and give a presentation about patients and topics. He has enthusiasm to teach and help his trainees and encouraged me at times heartfully." - Yoonho "This rotation was really good. I got hands-on experience and timely feedback from the physician. And the physician is enthusiastic in teaching. I have learned a lot from him." - Lu "Practices integrated medicine; has a very fresh and comprehensive approach to medicine; very knowledgeable; a doctor with very good principles; genuine desire to change the world for the better; goes out of his way to make sure that his students are benefiting from the experience; he has tremendous respect for his patients, which is reciprocated by his patients; everyday was a new learning experience with him; gained a new perspective for things after rotating with him; a very pleasurable experience." - Shruti "The doctor is really helpful and considerate. He is knowledgeable and always willing to teach. Patient-physician relationship is exceedingly important to him and this changed my way of practicing medicine...During the rotation, my interview and present skills improved a lot, and also patient note writing skill. The doctor read my note word by word and helped me refining my patient note. This is the best rotation ever." - Junting "The doctor is a brilliant clinician with a passion for an integrative approach with is patients. He is kind and approachable...The care he delivered was personalized...He is very systematic in his approach and methodical...Overall my experience was great and I couldn't have asked for more." - Jinzy "The doctor is always willing to sit down and have a talk with me. He is patient with all my questions and explains in detail. He will let me know all the next steps in the plan and tries to get me involved in all things. He really cares. He trained me how to take history independently and write patient notes, then he will help me correct the patient notes I wrote...Perfect doctor offers this perfect rotation." - Sifan "This rotation has helped me develop my communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills. It taught me how to be a good listener, letting the patient tell their story, minimizing interruptions and being sensitive to their non-verbal cues. This helped me establish and cultivate a trusting physician-patient relationship. It also refined my skill in history taking. Moreover, I learned how to present and write the patient`s history in a more cohesive way. The doctor is an excellent teacher and mentor. He is very passionate on what he does. He directs, leads, and teaches you to develop critical thinking. He is very generous in sharing his knowledge. I admire his compassion and kindness towards his patients." - Kathleen





HOUSTON GASTROENTEROLOGY #2

TESTIMONIALS

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To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with Dr. Desai and his team