MD2B Connect Physician ID # 77
Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient rotation will take place in the San Francisco area. Please note that transportation will be required as this physician preceptor has multiple offices in the San Francisco area.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He has held multiple leadership roles, having served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at a community hospital and President of several medical and psychiatric organizations. He has also been invited to speak as a visiting professor at different institutions. He is dedicated to delivering high quality patient care, and is the recipient of multiple awards for compassionate care.
You will be a part of a multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuropsychologists, psychotherapists, and counselors.
After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care:
You will help the psychiatrist take patient histories.
You will present patients.
You will help the psychiatrist write or enter clinic progress notes.
You will research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
You will educate patients.
You will spend time with other healthcare professionals in the office to understand their roles and responsibilities.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
Although this position is largely clinical, there may be opportunities to take part in projects to improve the practice. Examples include creating patient care handouts or informational pages for the practice website, or participating in ongoing research on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Such opportunities, if available, will be presented to the rotator but at the preceptor's discretion.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking patient care experience in psychiatry. Those seeking to enter careers in family medicine or internal medicine may also find this rotation useful as primary care physicians are often the initial point of contact for patients with mental health conditions.
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. Please note that, in some cases, preceptors may ask their students to submit 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.
Listen to Dr. Desai's Interview (Part 1 and 2) with Dhruv Gupta Who Recently Matched into Psychiatry:
SAN FRANCISCO PSYCHIATRY
"The doctor exhibits his high knowledgeableness in psychiatry, sociology, and psychology...He is also a great teacher and mentor. He brought his well-balanced training both in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to the service and in educating his trainees...He is a role model of my future career who has a very clear boundary with patients while maintaining firm physician-patient alliance and personal relationship. He is always patient to people and put everything clearly with his great communicative skills."