ouTPATIENT US clinical experience
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 59
Where will the rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place 30 minutes southwest of downtown Houston.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM (Friday is procedure day during which you will observe nerve conduction studies, nerve blocks, EMG, and EEG)
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: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board certified neurologist. He is widely regarded as an excellent educator, having won multiple teaching awards as a resident and as a fellow. He continues to teach and lecture neurology residents at multiple institutions. He has also lectured extensively on neuroanatomy and neurology for the USMLE.
He has been recognized for compassionate patient care, both early in his career when he received the Gold Foundation Humanism Award and now through consistently positive reviews of his practice from patients. He holds a hospital staff appointment at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Among the conditions you will encounter in his practice include headache, neuropathy, stroke, dementia, myopathy, dizziness, vertigo, seizure, tremor, memory loss, Parkinson's disease, Bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis.
After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient encounters and learn the following under the preceptor’s supervision:
Taking patient histories.
Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.
Writing progress notes.
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Being involved in patient education.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
There will be opportunities to participate in projects to improve the practice. One project includes follow-up of patients to determine the factors that lead patients with different neurological conditions to not keep their appointments. Please note that the availability of the project is at the discretion of the preceptor.
Please note that this preceptor requires rotators to complete HIPAA training prior to the rotation. You may take one of the following courses:
Rotators should send the certificate of completion following the course to us.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in Neurology.
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.
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.
Wondering how to do well during your neurology rotation? Read Dr. Desai's Article - How To Succeed in Your Neurology Rotation
"The doctor is a very professional and approachable attending who made me feel right at home from the outset. He was able to give me constructive feedback throughout the rotation and let me take on more and more responsibility as the rotation progressed. He really made it a point to get me involved and to explain each patient case prior to seeing them which was fantastic as it really helped with my learning and allowed me to be involved in the patient’s care. He also made it a point to ensure that my own learning objectives were being met."