Houston neurology

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We have multiple neurology rotations in Houston.

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

Houston neurology #1

 

ouTPATIENT externship in NEUROLOGY

Specialty: Neurology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 57

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Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient experience will take place 20 minutes southwest of downtown Houston.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be spent on patient care; Monday and Friday will be spent understanding the business of medicine, preparing for topic presentations, and possibly doing projects in the office)

What you will do: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a  board certified neurologist. She holds a hospital staff appointment at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. In her practice, IMGs will be actively involved in new patient consultations, follow-up of established patients, and reading EEGs. Opportunities to observe electrodiagnostic studies and vagus nerve stimulation procedures may also be available.   

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

You may be able to attend Noon Conference at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. 

Although the position is largely clinical, there may be opportunities to participate in projects such as development of patient education handouts or writing of case reports. 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 Neurology.   

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. 

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​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

HOUSTON NEUROLOGY #1

TESTIMONIALS


"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." - Mariyam

"This rotation is a must if you truly want to go into neurology. The way this doctor conducts every patient encounter until the patient leaves the door is so efficient. He is thorough in evaluating his patients. He is also very knowledgeable but at the same time, he humbly admits when he doesn't know the answer. He is an exceptional doctor and his staff really works passionately to give every patient the best care they need. Beyond the knowledge and skills this doctor has, what truly amazed me was how his values are deeply ingrained to the way he practices medicine. This doctor is truly worthy of emulation."

-Chelsea

"Great rotation to understand what neurology is all about. I had the opportunity to witness a variety of cases, like Bell’s palsy, TIA, Parkinsons, Myasthenia Gravis and witness procedures like EEG, EMG, and Deep Brain Stimulation, which really increased my fascination towards neurology and broadened my knowledge. I also had the opportunity to deliver presentations, which greatly helped hone my presentation skills. Extremely approachable, knowledgeable attending who was always happy to answer any questions, and made sure that I learnt something from every patient. I definitely feel more comfortable approaching a neurology case after this rotation."

-Aishwarya





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Houston neurology #2

 

ouTPATIENT externship in NEUROLOGY

Specialty: Neurology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 59

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Where will the rotation take place: This outpatient 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)

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 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 give talks. 

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:

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Rotators should send the certificate of completion following the course to us.

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

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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. 

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​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." - Mariyam

"This rotation is a must if you truly want to go into neurology. The way this doctor conducts every patient encounter until the patient leaves the door is so efficient. He is thorough in evaluating his patients. He is also very knowledgeable but at the same time, he humbly admits when he doesn't know the answer. He is an exceptional doctor and his staff really works passionately to give every patient the best care they need. Beyond the knowledge and skills this doctor has, what truly amazed me was how his values are deeply ingrained to the way he practices medicine. This doctor is truly worthy of emulation."

-Chelsea

"Great rotation to understand what neurology is all about. I had the opportunity to witness a variety of cases, like Bell’s palsy, TIA, Parkinsons, Myasthenia Gravis and witness procedures like EEG, EMG, and Deep Brain Stimulation, which really increased my fascination towards neurology and broadened my knowledge. I also had the opportunity to deliver presentations, which greatly helped hone my presentation skills. Extremely approachable, knowledgeable attending who was always happy to answer any questions, and made sure that I learnt something from every patient. I definitely feel more comfortable approaching a neurology case after this rotation."

-Aishwarya





HOUSTON NEUROLOGY #2

TESTIMONIALS

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