Houston vascular surgery

Inpatient/outpatient externship in vascular surgery

Specialty: Vascular Surgery

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 144


Where will the rotation take place: The hands-on inpatient and outpatient experience will take place in southwest Houston in a suburb approximately 30 minutes from downtown. 

Hours: Monday 8 AM to 6 PM; Tuesday - Wednesday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM; Thursday 8 AM to 6 PM; Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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 inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a  board-certified vascular surgeon. He is on staff at the following hospitals:

  • Houston Methodist Hospital

  • Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

  • Houston Methodist West Hospital

  • HCA West Houston Medical Center

  • CHI St. Luke's Hospital Sugar Land

  • Oak Bend Medical Center

Three days of the week will be spent in the physician's office​ where you will encounter patients with a wide variety of vascular disease. You will be involved in the evaluation and management of these patients. In this physician's office is a vascular surgery suite, and you will be able to observe different procedures and surgeries.

Two days of the week (approximately 20 hours) will be spent in the hospital. Much of this time will be in the operating room. 

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:


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

As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational. The hands-on component of this rotation will mostly take place in the outpatient setting.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

There may be opportunities to participate in projects to improve the practice. Examples include entry of patient data into a vascular surgery database and case reports among other possibilities. Please note that the availability of the project is at the discretion of the preceptor. Students interested in taking part in projects should let the preceptor know early in the rotation. 


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

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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