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We have multiple infectious disease rotations in Houston.

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HOUSTON infectious disease #1

 

inpatient externship in infectious disease

Specialty: Infectious Disease

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 58

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Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on rotation will take place in hospitals and long-term acute facilities throughout Houston. Therefore, IMGs will need transportation to travel from one facility to another. 

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 4:30 PM

What you will do: This is an inpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a  board certified infectious disease physician. He holds hospital staff appointments at Kindred Hospital, Cornerstone Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, West Houston Medical Center, ​CHI St Luke's Health Brazosport Medical Center, and UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus.  

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

  • You will be involved in patient education.

  • You will teach other team members.

  • You will have opportunities to give talks.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

​Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Surgery since infectious disease problems are commonly encountered in these specialties.  

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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


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HOUSTON INFECTIOUS DISEASE # 1

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HOUSTON infectious disease #2

 

outpatient externship in infectious disease

Specialty: Infectious Disease

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 187

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Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place 1.5 miles from the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 6 PM

What you will do: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a  board-certified infectious disease physician. For excellence and service to the profession of internal medicine and infectious disease, this preceptor is been named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America. The preceptor holds a hospital appointment at Houston HCA Healthcare, and previously served as Chief of Infectious Disease at one of the HCA hospitals in Houston.

This is a distinguished physician who has had decades of experience in infectious disease and shown tremendous commitment to high-quality patient care. In addition to clinical practice, this preceptor has been actively involved in education, mentorship, and research. With involvement in well over 100 clinical trials and protocols, this preceptor has made significant contributions to research in the field. The research has been published in such journals as Clinical Infectious Disease, Annals of Internal Medicine, AIDS, American Journal of Medicine, Lancet Infectious Disease, and New England Journal of Medicine. Current trials are underway in COVID and HIV/AIDS. Among the preceptor's other interests include research, service, and advocacy to reduce healthcare disparities in medicine. 

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

  • You will be involved in patient education.

  • You will teach other team members.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

 

​Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Surgery since infectious disease problems are commonly encountered 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.

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


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HOUSTON INFECTIOUS DISEASE # 2

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HOUSTON infectious disease #3

 

inpatient/outpatient externship

in infectious disease

Specialty: Infectious Disease

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 195

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Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on inpatient and outpatient rotation will take place in Houston approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston. 

 

Hours: Monday 8:30 AM to 5 PM; Tuesday 8:30 AM to 1 PM; Wednesday 8:30 AM to 5 PM; Thursday 8:30 AM to 1 PM; Friday 8:30 AM to 1 PM​

What you will do: This is an inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a  board-certified infectious disease physician. Among the hospitals where he holds staff appointments include Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and St. Luke's Health - Sugar Land Hospital among others. He has served prominent roles in these hospitals through his work on the infection control and antibiotic stewardship committees, and has led as Chief of Infectious Disease at one hospital. He is sought after for his expertise in the field and has been featured in the news and on television addressing hot topics in infectious disease. He is presently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Sam Houston University.

This clinical experience is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in learning about the evaluation and management of patients with a wide variety of infections. Since this rotation has a large inpatient component, students will understand how evidence-based care is delivered to hospitalized patients with community-acquired and hospital acquired pneumonia, urinary tract infection, sepsis, cellulitis, endocarditis, and other infections. With the rise in antibiotic-resistant infections, emphasis will be placed on proper use and prescribing of antibiotics, a relevant concern to all practitioners but especially for primary care physicians who prescribe nearly 1/2 of all courses of antibiotics. You will learn to prescribe antibiotics only when they are needed, and to use these agents at appropriate doses and duration. 

In the outpatient setting, you will encounter common infections seen in an infectious disease practice. Please note that this physician also practices internal medicine for the HIV patients in his clinic. 

​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 medication reconciliation and adjustment during encounters with patients.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter notes.

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

  • You will teach other team members.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

 

​Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Surgery since infectious disease problems are commonly encountered 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.

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


Testimonials Coming Soon!





HOUSTON INFECTIOUS DISEASE # 3

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