outpatient US clinical experience
MD2B Connect Physician ID # 38
Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in St. Louis, Missouri.
Hours: Monday - Wednesday 8 AM to 3 PM; Thursday - Friday 9 AM to Noon
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 dermatologist who completed her dermatology residency at Washington University in St. Louis. She has hospital privileges at Missouri Baptist Medical Center and SSM Health Missouri.
She is the recipient of grants from the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She also enjoys speaking about important issues in dermatology, and has given talks at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. She is widely regarded as an excellent educator, and she makes teaching a priority in her office.
You will also have the opportunity to work with the nurse practitioner in the practice. As many dermatologists have NPs or PAs, this will allow you to see the role these mid-level providers play in the practice of dermatology.
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.
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Delivering talks about important topics.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
There may be an opportunity to attend Grand Rounds on Thursdays in the Department of Dermatology but the availability of this opportunity will be at the discretion of the preceptor.
Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in dermatology. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics will find this rotation particularly useful as skin problems are very common in primary care.
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.
"The doctor is a great dermatologist. She has a lot of experience under her belt so it is very inspiring to work with her. She has changed my perspective on dermatology for the better. I feel she also has a lot of insight on skin conditions in darker-skinned individuals and how it may differ with other skin tones, which I found interesting and useful. Overall, I feel that she's very organized and a great doctor to learn from."