los angeles cardiology

outpatient externship

in cardiology

Specialty: Cardiology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 44

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Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient rotation will take place in Huntington Beach.

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Hours: Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

Monday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients/vein ablation therapy

Tuesday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients

Wednesday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients/nuclear stress test/vein ablation therapy

Thursday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients

Friday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients/nuclear stress test

What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology. This physician holds staff appointments at University of California Irvine Medical Center, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, Huntington Beach Hospital and Hoag Medical Center.  He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He is actively involved in the teaching of interventional cardiology fellows from the University of California Irvine. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care under physician supervision (please note that this experience remains within the regulations of California pertaining to the unlicensed practice of medicine. Externs will not be practicing medicine but will be learning under the guidance of the physician preceptor):

 

  • You will take patient histories under supervision.

  • You will perform physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic progress notes under supervision.

  • You will research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • You will educate patients under supervision.

  • You will deliver talks about important topics.

  • You will have opportunities to teach other team members.

  • You will learn about billing and coding. 

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

You may also have opportunities to attend the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds and Continuing Medical Education Lectures in hospitals. 

You may also have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects to improve the physician's practice. Examples include creation of patient care handouts, writing of case reports, and participation in ongoing research projects. The exact nature of the project, if available, will be determined by you and your preceptor.

This will be an excellent opportunity to gain valuable skills in patient care while taking part in non-patient care related activities that will strengthen your CV for residency.   

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking patient care experience in cardiology. IMGs seeking careers in internal medicine or family medicine will also find this rotation particularly useful. 

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.

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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.

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