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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 US clinical experience which will take place 25 miles north of downtown Houston.
Inpatient US Clinical Experience in Internal Medicine
What you will do:
This is an inpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board-certified internal medicine physician. The preceptor has hospital appointments at multiple hospitals, including HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe Hospital, HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital, and CHI St. Luke's Hospital.
Please note that while this attending physician is a core faculty member of the internal medicine residency program at the HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood Hospital, the rotation will take place at a different hospital. Although the hospital where you will be based has a family medicine residency program, you will be working directly with the attending physician.
This preceptor is well regarded for his teaching. The doctor is known to ask his students lots and lots of questions in a gentle way to promote learning. Through this style of teaching, you will be able to refine your skills in developing differential diagnoses and formulating assessment and management plans. You will learn how to synthesize data gathered from patients to make diagnoses and defend your clinical reasoning. When clinical questions arise at the point of care, you will be asked to prepare and deliver short presentations to the attending. Giving feedback is important to this preceptor; the frequent feedback you receive will help you grow through the course of the rotation.
This preceptor is also known for having a compassionate bedside manner. You will be able to observe how an experienced clinician communicates efficiently and caringly with a culturally diverse patient population. Empathy, respect, and sensitivity are hallmarks of this attending's bedside manner.
The typical census is 18-20 patients per day. 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.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
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.
"This is an exclusive inpatient internal medicine rotation in a regional hospital. Learners can expect to encounter a diverse pathology in this hospital. During the rotation, I had worked very closely with my preceptor, who possesses an amazing bedside manner and a great enthusiasm in teaching. Be prepared that he would ask you a lot of questions and give you assignments to review at home. Either you got the answer right or wrong, his motivation is to let you recognize your knowledge gaps from which you will consistently become better throughout the rotation. He is eager to communicate with his colleagues and staff, bringing up a warm and team-work atmosphere in whichever floor he comes. The nurses and staff are supportive and friendly. I highly recommend this rotation to every student who wants to improve on patient communication and to get familiar with the inpatient setting in the US healthcare system."