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We have multiple psychiatry rotations in Houston.

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inpatient/outpatient observership in psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 155

 

Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient and outpatient rotation will take place in Houston. Although you will be spending time at the preceptor's outpatient practice and multiple hospitals, transportation will not be needed to travel to these locations as you will accompany the preceptor in his car. ​

Hours: Monday 7 AM to 1 PM; Tuesday - Thursday 7 AM to 4 PM; Friday 7 AM to 1 PM; Saturday and Sunday (optional)

 

What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in psychiatry. He is actively involved in teaching family medicine residents from an HCA-affiliated residency program who spend time with him in his outpatient practice. He holds hospital appointments at Memorial Hermann Southwest, West Oaks Hospital, and Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire. 

On most days of the rotation, you will be spending time in the inpatient mental health units of several hospitals. As you observe encounters between the preceptor and hospitalized patients with acute psychiatric illness, you will see how interviews and mental status examinations are performed in patients in crisis. Discussions following these encounters will help you improve your abilities to develop differential diagnoses and select appropriate tests. You will learn how assessments and plans are made using a bio-psycho-social model. On the inpatient units:

  • You will observe how psychiatrists care for patients with psychiatric disorders in a respectful manner.

  • You will observe effective communication strategies and professional behaviors between psychiatrists and patients, families, and staff.

  • You will learn the major DSM-IV signs and symptoms for Bipolar Disorder, Delirium, Dementia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Abuse & Dependence, and Substance Intoxication & Withdrawal.

  • You will learn the indications, mechanism of action, and adverse effects of psychoactive medications.

  • You will learn about the medico-legal aspects related to involuntary hospitalization and the importance of confidentiality

You will also be able to observe electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). You will learn about the indications for this treatment, how patients are evaluated for this procedure, how the procedure is performed by a team of trained professionals, and side effects as well as safety concerns. . 

In the outpatient clinic, you will observe the evaluation and management of patients with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and substance use disorders. 

Please note that this is a fast-paced rotation that will expose you to a wide range of psychiatric disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Although you may have some opportunities to ask patients questions, this rotation is best classified as an observership.

​​Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking clinical experience in psychiatry. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will also find this rotation particularly useful since mental health problems are common 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.


"I highly recommend this rotation for anyone applying to psychiatry. The breadth of experience I gained during the rotation was unbelievable. I was able to rotate through three different hospitals and one outpatient clinic. The doctor is genuinely committed to making sure students have the the best learning experience possible. He's a great teacher and mentor, often giving advice on what may show up on the USMLE and board exams. I also appreciate the opportunity to observe an ECT, which I had never seen previously." - Anu

"This rotation offers a unique opportunity to experience American psychiatric care in a variety of settings. You get to have a multilayered look at the system and to witness firsthand the challenges of the current mental health and drug crisis through the eyes of a very seasoned and humane preceptor, whose insights I cherish dearly. He’s certainly a role model for the kind of physician I want to be. The ECT component of this rotation is quite remarkable. I learned a lot, even though I had already read a fair amount on the subject."

- Rodrigo





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houston psychiatry #2

 

inpatient/outpatient observership in psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 194

 

Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient and outpatient rotation will take place in Houston (approximately 25 miles southwest of downtown Houston). Although you will be spending time at the preceptor's outpatient practice and hospital, the two locations are close to one another. 

Hours: Monday 8 AM to 4 PM; Tuesday 8 AM to 11 AM; Wednesday 8 AM to 4 PM; Thursday 8 AM to 4 PM; Friday 8 AM to 11 AM

 

What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in psychiatry. He has a background in education having served in the past as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Houston Medical School. He continues to teach regularly, and enjoys working with international medical students and graduates. As evidence of his commitment to education and the specialty, he has written about important issues in psychiatry, research that has been published in such journals as Medical Education and Academic Psychiatry. 

Your mornings will be spent in the hospital where you will meet with the attending physician, nurse practitioner, and a multidisciplinary team of professionals to discuss new patients as well as the progress of established patients. The typical caseload for these rounds is 10-15 patients. One weekend every 4-5 weeks the attending is on hospital call. If you are interested in taking call with the physician, please let him know early in the rotation.

While your inpatient experience will be more observational, the outpatient component will be hands-on. This will take place primarily on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons with the preceptor. Monday afternoon is an optional experience during which you can work with the attending's nurse practitioner in the office (note that the attending will not be in the office on Monday afternoon). In the outpatient setting, you will take histories, present patients, and help with note writing. 

This will be an excellent opportunity to experience the care of psychiatric patients in varied settings. Given that you will be exposed to a wide variety of mental illness, you will learn the major DSM signs and symptoms for Bipolar Disorder, Delirium, Dementia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Abuse & Dependence, and Substance Intoxication & Withdrawal.

This pracitioner is trained in treatment modalities that patients require when standard treatments have proved unsuccessful. For example, depressed patients who have not responded to psychotherapy or medication may be treated with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Rotators will have the opportunity to understand the indications for such treatment, how the procedure is conducted, and other issues related to the therapy. You may also be able to observe the use of esketamine for patients with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder. 

For rotators interested in learning about partial hospitalization programs in psychiatry and how these  programs can benefit patients, please let the preceptor know as his nurse practitioner is involved in such programs. These are structured mental health treatment programs typically taking place several hours a day. These have been found useful in transitioning patients from the inpatient to the outpatient setting or for outpatients who need treatment that goes beyond what can be given in a standard outpatient encounter. 

​​Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking clinical experience in psychiatry. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will also find this rotation particularly useful since mental health problems are common 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.


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