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Monday 9 AM to 5 PM (outpatient); Tuesday 9 AM to 5 PM (outpatient); Wednesday 9 AM to 5 PM (Surgery Center); Thursday and Friday (inpatient). A car will be needed for this rotation.
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 approximately 100 miles north of downtown Detroit.
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 physician who is board-certified in general surgery and vascular surgery. The physician is on staff at Covenant HealthCare, Ascension St. Mary's Hospital, and McLaren Bay Region Hospital. The doctor is involved in the education of internal medicine residents from Central Michigan University and teaches vascular medicine to these trainees. This preceptor is an international medical graduate and very familiar with the challenges that IMGs face in reaching their professional goals. The preceptor enjoys mentoring others, and has spoken and written about how IMGs can be successful.
Two days of the week will be spent in the physician's office (please note that there are several offices) where you will encounter patients with a wide variety of vascular disease. You will be involved in the evaluation and management of these patients. One day of the week will be spent in the surgery center. Two days of the week will be spent in the hospital observing surgeries. The surgical case mix involves treatment of conditions using both minimally invasive endovascular and traditional open procedures.
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 or entering progress notes.
Have opportunities to educate patients.
Observing a variety of surgeries (per hospital policy, rotators are not permitted to scrub in).
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Delivering talks to the team.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
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 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.
This rotation is good for students who want to pursue surgical or vascular surgery residency. Dr. X is very friendly and always willing to help with any issues. He is always explaining his working process and it is very useful to learn from him the way to approach patients.