OUTPATIENT US clinical experience
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 183
Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Las Vegas.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9 AM to 1 PM; Thursday 9 AM to 4 PM; Friday 9 AM to 1 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: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in neurology. The preceptor is a core faculty member of a neurology residency program, and is actively involved in the education of neurology residents. Neurology residents rotate through the clinic, and the preceptor also rounds daily in the hospital with residents of the program. This is a neurology residency program based at three hospitals - Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, Mountain View Hospital, and Sunrise Children's Hospital and Medical Center.
This is an office-based neurology rotation during which you will see patients with a wide variety of neurological conditions. You will be able to hone your skills in history-taking, gain confidence in your ability to perform the neurological exam, present cases, and document your findings. Opportunities to observe procedures in the office, including EEG and NCV, will be made available to rotators.
On Thursday afternoons, you will take part in the academic half-day with the residents. These are didactics that have been developed for the neurology residents. These will take place either in-person or via Zoom.
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.
Perfroming exams under the physician's supervision.
Entering notes in the EMR.
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Gaining an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
Please note that students rotating through this practice may have opportunities to take part in projects such as case reports and other articles. If you are interested, please let the preceptor know as early as possible. The availability of these projects is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the preceptor. Some projects may be completed in collaboration with residents.
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 outpatient clinic provided me with to see not just bread and butter but quite rare cases and patients from diverse ethnicities and back grounds. Also, the preceptor was a wonderful teacher and a mentor, valued my thoughts and suggestions as if I was one of the residents and if I guessed wrong, he did his best to teach and showed me the right way. In addition, the residents that I worked with were quite friendly and we were able to do really good brainstorming during the clinic. Overall, it was one of the best rotations that I have ever done. I did not just establish good connections that would pay off in the future but learned many and became more than ready before starting my neurology residency. Thank you for this opportunity.