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Monday - Friday 9 AM to 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.
The hands-on inpatient and outpatient experience will take place in southeast Houston in a suburb approximately 20 miles from downtown.
Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in General Surgery
What you will do:
This is an inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board-certified general surgeon. The physician is on staff at multiple hospitals in the HCA Houston Healthcare System and is a member of the American College of Surgeons. The preceptor is known for not only surgical skills but also for having a warm bedside manner. The attending has published research in several journals, including Journal of Surgical Research, Journal of Surgical Education, and Journal of Surgical Oncology.
Part of every day will be spent in the outpatient practice where you will be actively involved in patient care. You will assist the physician in taking histories and refine your skills in case presentation. Among the conditions you may encounter include colorectal disease, hernias, hemorrhoids, appendicitis, as well as many others.
There will be opportunities to accompany the preceptor to the hospital. Please note that the operating room will be available for your observation during two weeks of the four-week rotation. During the time spent in the operating room, hospital policy dictates that you observe the surgeries (you will not scrub in). Most of the surgeries that are performed are laparoscopic.
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:
Taking patient histories.
Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.
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 surgery.
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.
This is the perfect rotation to start with if you want to have a good exposure to robotic and laparoscopic surgeries. The preceptor has amazing bedside manners, surgical skills and excellent feedback from patients. The doctor is always open to questions and makes sure to explain things in detail. He made sure that I understand the reason behind treatment plan for every patient and also encouraged me to think and come up with a plan for the patient based on my understanding.