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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.
This US clinical experience will take place approximately 8 miles north of downtown Houston.
Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Family Medicine
What you will do:
This is an inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board-certified family medicine physician. Through this experience, students will gain familiarity with how family medicine physicians practice both outpatient and hospital medicine.
One day per week, you will spend the entire day at a rehabilitation hospital caring for approximately 10 inpatients. This is a hospital that specializes in the rehabilitation of patients recovering from acute illnesses and injuries. Patients seen at this hospital are medically complex with a wide range of issues such as brain injury, neurological disorders, cardiopulmonary conditions, and stroke. Some patients are recovering from surgery. The hospital has specialized personnel such as physical, occupational, and speech therapists to support patients in the recovery process.
You will also accompany the physician to his outpatient clinic where you will be actively involved in the care of these patients. As his practice serves a largely underserved area, you will learn how the socioeconomic determinants of health impact care in marginalized populations and how family medicine physicians are working with patients to help them overcome these challenges.
After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this not a shadowing observership; you will be actively involved in patient care). This includes the following:
· Taking patient histories under supervision
· Presenting patients
· Write notes
· Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
· Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
The activities above will mostly take place in the outpatient setting. As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in Family Medicine.
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.
Dr. X's energetic and pleasant demeanor, combined with his excellent communication skills, significantly contribute to a positive and enriching learning experience. Students benefit from his ability to connect with patients and healthcare professionals alike, providing them with valuable insights into the art of effective communication in healthcare settings.