tampa pulmonology

OUTPATIENT EXternship IN pulmonology

Specialty: Pulmonology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 210

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Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on rotation will take place in Tampa, Florida. You will split time between two offices that are approximately 15 miles apart. You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation.

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: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a physician who is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, and sleep medicine. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida where he is actively involved in educating nurse practitioner students. He has a tremendous amount of experience educating medical students, having precepted students in his practice from University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine over a period of many years. He holds hospital privileges at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. 

In this practice, you will see a wide range of pulmonary conditions. You will learn how to evaluate these patients, make diagnoses, order appropriate tests, and even observe tests/procedures that are performed in the office, including pulmonary function testing. Because there is a sleep lab at each of his locations, students will become familiar with common sleep disorders, how these conditions are diagnosed through appropriate testing, and the typical treatment plans. 

Although this physician is specialized in pulmonary and sleep medicine, he believes strongly in taking care of the whole patient. As a result, learners will have the opportunity to see how specialists can continue to provide general medical care.

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 under supervision.

  • You will examine patients under supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic or progress notes (eClinicalWorks EMR)

  • You will observe pulmonary procedures including bronchoscopy and PFTs

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

  • You will educate the patient. 

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

​Please note that this is largely a clinical experience. However, for the motivated learner, there may be opportunities to observe or take part in research as this practice participates in clinical trials. These opportunities, if available, will be at the discretion of the preceptor. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on clinical experience in Pulmonology. 

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​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.

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