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Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM to 5 PM; Friday 8:30 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.
This inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place at two offices: one is 30 minutes north of downtown Houston and the other is 30 minutes northwest of downtown Houston. The inpatient component will take place at several hospitals in north Houston; please note this will typically be once per week as rheumatology consults are infrequently ordered in the inpatient setting. The rotator is responsible for their own transportation.
Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Rheumatology
What you will do:
This is an inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board certified rheumatologist. The physician is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). The preceptor has been recognized for teaching and service by UTMB. The doctor holds hospital appointments at Houston Northwest Medical Center, Tomball Regional Hospital, and Houston Methodist Willowbrook.
Those rotating through this practice will see a wide spectrum of rheumatologic disease, and learn about the latest treatments in the specialty including DMARDs, biologics, and IV infusion.
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 progress notes.
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Being involved in patient education.
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 Rheumatology.
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 highly knowledgeable physician. He makes sure his work is perfect and pays attention to every small detail related to the patients he sees. His humble and calm personality makes him a very approachable and empathetic physician. He can make patients feel better even in difficult situations. Dr. X’s friendly nature and great clinical skills together make him a very good teacher and mentor. He’s amazing to work with and makes the environment very conducive for learning!