OUTPATIENT US clinical experience
IN internal medicine
Specialty: Internal Medicine
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 184
Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place 40 miles north of downtown Miami. Two weeks of the rotation will take place at one location and the other two weeks will take place at another office located approximately 8 miles away.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 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 board-certified internal medicine physician who is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to a multicultural patient population. The physician holds staff appointments at Broward Health North and Northwest Medical Center as well as several nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers.
Care will be focused on patients over the age of 18 who present with acute disease, chronic illness, or for preventive screening. The clinic has established programs to help patients with smoking cessation, weight loss, and diabetes control. Rotators will learn how physicians can partner with their patients to optimize health.
Please note that this physician works one week in the outpatient clinic and one week in the hospital. As a result, you will spend two weeks with the preceptor and two weeks with the preceptor's nurse practitioner (when the physician is in the hospital). Time spent with the nurse practitioner will be split between the nursing home, assisted living facility, and office. This part of the clinical experience is especially important given that residency programs seek to bring in new residents who are aware of the role and responsibilities of other healthcare providers and know how to effectively work them. Recognizing the importance of team-based care, the American College of Physicians has developed a toolkit with best practices in the delivery of collaborative care with a focus on nurse practitioners and physician assistants:
American College of Physicians: Team-Based Care Toolkit
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.
Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.
Writing or entering clinic progress notes.
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Teaching other team members.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in internal medicine.
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.
"He is a great teacher and demonstrates his passion for teaching through didactic lectures. Always asked if I had any questions at the end of the day. Or to discuss an interesting case."