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New york psychiatry

OUTPATIENT externship IN psyChiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 180 (rotation not available until June 2021)

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place in New York City. Please note that this preceptor has two offices. The offices are approximately one hour apart. Two days will be spent at one location and two days at the other location (you will not have to travel to both locations on the same day). 

Hours: Monday to Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM

What you will do: You will be under the supervision of an attending physician who is board-certified in both neurology and psychiatry. The attending hold staff privileges at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Some of the conditions you will encounter include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Panic attacks

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Adult ADD​

​You will also see patients with neurologic disease. Since the two specialties are interconnected, the opportunity to evaluate patients with neurologic disease is an added bonus of this rotation for students who are pursuing careers in psychiatry. Of note, psychiatry residency programs in the United States require their residents to complete two months of neurology training usually during the PGY-1 year.  

The preceptor has educated international medical students and graduates from all over the world, and enjoys supporting these future doctors as they pursue their professional goals. The preceptor typically has 4-5 students at a time.

Of note, this preceptor will spend time educating you about the business aspects of medicine. The physician feels that this is a neglected area in medical education and residency training. 

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 (no EMR)

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

  • You will be involved in patient education.

  • You will give talks. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking clinical experience in psychiatry.  

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.

Wondering how to do well during your neurology rotation? Read Dr. Desai's Article - How To Succeed in Your Neurology Rotation



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