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Sunday 8 AM to 1 PM (ambulatory surgery center); Monday - Tuesday 9 AM to 5 PM; Wednesday 8 AM to 1 PM (ambulatory surgery center); Thursday 9 AM to 5 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: New York
This inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place in New York City. Four days will be spent at the Long Island/Queens location. Two days will be spent in the ambulatory surgical center observing procedures.
Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Pain Medicine
What you will do:
You will be under the supervision of a physician board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. The preceptor completed medical school and residency training in the New York City area. The physician currently holds a hospital staff appointment at Northwell Health.
The attending has developed expertise in cutting-edge interventional pain procedures and utilizes an extensive breadth of knowledge and technical ability to provide relief to patients suffering from pain. The preceptor is a strong proponent of delivering patient-centered care and is well regarded as a kind, caring, warmhearted, and professional physician who gives patients undivided attention and time. Patients greatly appreciate how the doctor explains their conditions in an easy-to-understand manner.
In this practice, you will encounter patients in acute and chronic pain and learn how an anesthesiologist with advanced training in pain management can provide high-quality care. You will appreciate the effects of pain on the patient's quality of life and function and understand how to best interact with patients in a compassionate and empathetic manner.
Patients with a wide variety of complaints will be seen, including those with neck and back pain. Workup to establish the etiology of the pain disorder will be undertaken and may reveal such diagnoses as cervical radiculopathy, herniated disc, and spinal stenosis among other conditions. A multimodal approach to pain management will be emphasized which, at times, may involve procedures such as steroid injections, minimally invasive disc surgery, and spinal cord stimulator implantation. Patient education is a priority for this attending and rotators will learn how to explain conditions, test results, and treatment options using anatomical models to facilitate understanding.
The inpatient component of this clinical experience will take place two days per week in an ambulatory surgery center where the attending performs procedures. At this facility, you will also be able to spend time with his anesthesiology colleague who is practicing traditional anesthesia for surgeons and other providers performing cases. You will learn how to position patients, set up the monitoring equipment, draw up medications for administration during OR cases, induce anesthesia, and monitor patients during the procedure and in the postoperative recovery period.
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.
Providing patient education.
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in anesthesiology or pain 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.
Dr. X is a great mentor. I learned so much from him - not only medical knowledge but also bedside manner. All the patients loved the doctor, and I learned the true joy of being a medical provider. He allowed a lot of room for me to participate in patient history taking, explaining the procedure. After a month, I feel much more comfortable talking to patients.