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Monday 11 AM to 5 PM (clinic); Tuesday 8 AM to 4 PM (operating room); Wednesday 8 AM to 4 PM (operating room); Thursday 8 AM to Noon (clinic); Friday 9 AM to 5 PM (clinic)
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 combined inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Houston, Texas (approximately 25 miles from downtown).
Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in General Surgery
What you will do:
You will be under the supervision of a board-certified general surgeon who completed fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery. Through this training, the attending has acquired advanced skills in laparoscopy and robotic surgery. This expertise allows the surgeon to perform surgeries with smaller incisions, permitting patients to recover quicker and return to normal life with less pain. The physician is a core faculty member of the University of Houston College of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program. The attending is on staff at Houston Methodist Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital, and HCA Houston Healthcare.
Three days of the week will be spent in the outpatient clinic. The other two days will be hospital-based with the bulk of the time spent in the operating room. Typical OR cases include laparoscopic cholecystectomy, hernia repair (inguinal, incisional, umbilical), and colon resection.
This attending is an excellent role model who believes that it is sacred to have the opportunity to care for surgical patients. The physician holds this trust in high regard and is driven to provide these patients with the type of care that they deserve.
After one week 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.
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
Observing a variety of surgeries in the operating room (rotators will not be permitted to scrub in).
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. IMGs seeking careers in surgery will find this rotation particularly useful.
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 rotation was an invaluable experience that helped me gain experience of working in the US healthcare system. Dr. X is a great clinician. His clinical expertise is excellent and his ability to form relations with patients is unparalleled. He is very friendly with his staff and never once did I feel nervous working under him. He is considerate and is always willing to clear my doubts.