Houston physical medicine & rehabilitation

outpatient externship in physical medicine & rehabilitation

Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 84


Where will the rotation take place: The outpatient experience will take place 45 minutes north of downtown 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 physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. After completing his residency at the Baylor College of Medicine, he continued his training at Baylor by completing a fellowship in Spine, Sports, and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine. He is on staff at CHI St. Luke's Health - The Woodlands Hospital. 

He is on the cutting-edge of non-surgical treatments and procedures for a range of conditions, including sports injuries and orthopedic conditions. Among these treatments include platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy or regenerative injection therapy, mesotherapy, and low level laser therapy. He is also an expert on the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis. 

This rotation will take place mainly at the physician's outpatient clinic but some times may be spent in a rehabilitation unit. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this rotation will be a mix of hands-on activities and observing). This includes the following:


  • You will greet and room the patient, and be involved in patient intake.

  • 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.

A typical day will involve evaluation of patients with the preceptor for part of the day and time set aside to work on projects in the practice. 

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

There may be opportunities to participate in projects to improve the practice. Examples include writing case reports of interesting patients or articles for community newspapers, and participating in ongoing research projects. 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 experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation.


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.

Wondering how to do well during your physical medicine rotation? Read Dr. Desai's article - How to Succeed in Your Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Rotation


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PO Box 701344

Plymouth, Michigan 48170


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Last updated: January 10, 2020


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