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Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM; every other Saturday 8 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.
The outpatient component of this US clinical experience will take place at a clinic that is a 30 minute drive from downtown Orlando. The inpatient component will take place at a hospital within several miles of the clinic. The clinic staff will take you to the different locations.
Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Gastroenterology
What you will do:
This is an inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board-certified gastroenterologist. The preceptor has been teaching U.S. medical students and international medical students and graduates for many years. The physician holds hospital and faculty appointments at HCA Florida Healthcare and University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
This will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to evaluate patients presenting to the clinic with a wide range of gastrointestinal complaints and conditions. Rotators will encounter patients with dysphagia, odynophagia, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. The initial focus will be on identifying features in the clinical presentation that are worrisome and may indicate a serious underlying condition. Learners will be able to hone their skills in taking histories, developing differential diagnoses, and formulating assessments and plans.
On most days, rotators will accompany the attending to the hospital where there will be opportunities to evaluate patients with acute problems, including abdominal pain and GI bleeding. Exposure to these problems in the hospital setting will help prepare you to evaluate and manage these types of patients as a resident.
Rotators will also observe procedures in gastroenterology, including upper and lower endoscopy, and learn about their indications and contraindications.
Please note, that because of the fast pace and large volume of patients seen in the outpatient clinic, most of the teaching will take place during hospital rounds and procedures in the endoscopy suite or surgical center.
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.
Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.
Writing simulated progress notes (rotators will have access to eClinicalWorks EMR)
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Giving talks on medical topics
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 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.