outpatient Externship in
obstetrics & gynecology
Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 211
Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place in the South Texas Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The South Texas Medical Center is home to the Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and 12 major hospitals.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 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 physician who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. This is a physician who is a dedicated educator with considerable experience in teaching, having taught U.S. medical students, international medical students, and international medical graduates. He holds hospital privileges at St. Luke's Baptist Hospital and Methodist Healthcare, and is a faculty member at the University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is known for providing holistic care to his patients with a focus on meeting both physical and psychological needs.
In this practice, students will have the opportunity to be actively involved in patient care, seeing a wide range of problems in general obstetrics and gynecology. Common problems that you will encounter include prenatal and postnatal care, abnormal bleeding, menopause, abdominal/pelvic pain, vaginal discharge, abdominal/pelvic mass, and abnormal Pap smear. Because the preceptor has expertise with the management of infertility, students will also gain an understanding of how to best support patients trying to conceive.
Given that religion and spirituality impact reproductive health and rights, there will be opportunities to discuss such issues through the course of the rotation. As a practitioner of the Catholic faith, he does not perform abortions. He does lecture and teach about oral contraceptives but does not prescribe them. The team will gather regularly to discuss these issues as well as important topics in the field that students must learn.
After one week of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this is not a shadowing experience; you will be actively involved in hands-on patient care under supervision):
You will take patient histories.
You will perform exams under the physician's supervision.
You will present patients.
You will research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
You will give topic presentations to the team.
You will develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
Please note that this is a purely clinical experience.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking clinical experience in obstetrics and gynecology. Please note that, because of the preferences of this physician's patient population, only female students are eligible to complete this rotation.
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.
Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Eugene Toy (Professor and Assistant Dean for Educational Programs in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UT Health and McGovern Medical School) about How To Match into Obstetrics and Gynecology
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