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Monday - Friday 8 AM to 7 PM (Thursday morning off). Please note that this physician works 28 out of 30 days; although you are not required to come in on weekends, students seeking additional learning and clinical opportunities are welcome to join the attending on weekends.
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 inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Houston within 1-2 miles of the Texas Medical Center.
Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Internal Medicine
What you will do:
This is an inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of an internal medicine physician. The doctor has hospital appointments at multiple hospitals, including Memorial Hermann Hospital and HCA Houston Healthcare, and has been involved in teaching international medical graduates for years. The physician is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Students will rotate in the mornings at the outpatient clinic where they will see a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. In the afternoons, rounds will take place in the hospital. Please note that hospital rounds with this attending are very busy given that there is a high patient census. The typical patient census is 20-30 patients.
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.
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Being involved in patient education.
Understanding roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals.
As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational. The hands-on component of this rotation will mostly take place in the outpatient setting.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in Internal 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.
If you'd like to meet a doctor who will teach you how to be a great physician and human being, this is the place to be. I've enjoyed every minute of it!