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Monday 8 AM to 6 PM; Tuesday - Wednesday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM; Thursday 8 AM to 6 PM; Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 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: Houston

The inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place in southwest Houston in a suburb approximately 30 minutes from downtown.

Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Vascular Surgery

What you will do:

This is an inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a  board-certified vascular surgeon. The preceptor is on staff at the following hospitals:

  • Houston Methodist Hospital

  • Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

  • Houston Methodist West Hospital

  • HCA West Houston Medical Center

  • CHI St. Luke's Hospital Sugar Land

Three days of the week will be spent in the physician's office where you will encounter patients with a wide variety of vascular disease. You will be involved in the evaluation and management of these patients. In this physician's office is a vascular surgery suite, and you will be able to observe different procedures and surgeries.

Two days of the week (approximately 20 hours) will be spent in the hospital. Much of this time will be in the operating room.

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.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing progress notes.

  • Observing a variety of surgeries (per hospital policy, rotators are permitted to scrub in at the ambulatory surgical center but not at the hospital)

  • 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 hands-on patient care 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.


Dr. X is one of the best, brightest and most professional doctors and teachers I have had the honour to work with and learn from. When in contact with patients, he gives them plenty of time, answers all their questions, explains everything to the best of his ability and never forgets about humanity and humility. His bedside manner is excellent; the advice I received from him on how to communicate with patients will always remain in my memory. His level of theoretical as well as practical knowledge is exceptional; if he ever decided to train students and future doctors, everyone would be grateful! He was always happy to answer all my questions, draw diagrams, draw parallels and make comparisons to make things easier for me to understand. And in our free time, we always had interesting conversations not only about medicine, but also about life, family and the world. I really enjoyed the time I spent with Dr. X, I not only learned many valuable things from him for my future profession as a vascular surgeon, but I also gained a lot for my personal life and outlook on it.


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