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Monday-Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Thursday 8 am - 3 pm, Friday 7:30 am - 3 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.
Location: Washington D.C.
This US clinical experience will take place in Washington, DC. Please note this rotation involves time spent at different locations. Therefore, transportation will be needed (either your own or via Uber or Lyft).
Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Gastroenterology
What you will do:
This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a highly regarded physician educator who is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. The physician is the former Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Providence Hospital. In that role, the doctor was heavily involved in the education of medical students, international medical graduates, and residents. The physician holds hospital privileges within the University of Maryland Medical System.
Because this physician cares for two different patient populations - one that is relatively well insured and one that is underprivileged and underserved, rotators will see how an expert gastroenterologist deftly handles the management of a diverse patient base. You will observe how some patients have barriers to receiving the care that they need, in terms of access to high-quality treatment and issues related to health literacy. Working alongside this physician, you will learn how to take these factors into account when developing the treatment plan.
In this practice, the physician sees the full spectrum of gastrointestinal disorders and offers the latest in medical and procedural interventions. Among the procedures performed include upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, ERCP, PEG, and esophageal pH monitoring. On procedure days, you will have the opportunity to observe these procedures. You will learn how to set up a room prior to an endoscopic procedure, check the equipment, and document the procedure.
The physician takes hospital call one week out of every four weeks. During that week, you will have the opportunity to accompany the doctor to the hospital where you will round on patients with acute gastrointestinal issues. Because this is a teaching hospital and the attending is sometimes involved in resident teaching, you may have the opportunity to interact with residents.
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.
Examining patients under supervision.
Helping write or enter clinic progress notes (CareTracker EMR)
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Being involved in patient education.
Observing GI procedures.
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 Internal Medicine or Gastroenterology.
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 was great, he really helped improve my confidence and get a real clinical experience in the US.