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Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM (the preceptor is on a one week on and one week off hospitalist schedule; therefore, rotators will work with the preceptor for a total of 14 days over the course of a four-week clinical experience)
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 will take place 40 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 attending holds a hospital appointment within the HCA Healthcare System. As a hospitalist, this physician has extensive experience in leadership and teamwork and is excited to share with students how collaborative care in the inpatient setting can lead to better outcomes for acutely ill patients.
In this clinical experience, you will meet with the preceptor and the team upon arrival to receive an update and signout of patients from overnight. The updates will include a list of new and established patients. After a period of observation during which time you will become comfortable in your new environment, your preceptor will assign you several patients to follow. Your responsibilities will be to take their histories, gather all relevant information, and present these cases to the preceptor during attending rounds. At that time, you will discuss your thoughts with the preceptor and work together to formulate the day's plan of care. After the plan of care is established, you will help the team execute the plan during the remainder of the 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.
Writing notes (please note that these will be simulated notes for the doctor's review and will not be part of the medical chart)
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Being involved in patient education.
Working 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 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.
The rotation was an invaluable experience that helped me gain experience of working in the US healthcare system. Dr. X is a great clinician. His clinical expertise is excellent and his ability to form relations with patients is unparalleled. He is very friendly with his staff and never once did I feel nervous working under him. He is considerate and is always willing to clear my doubts.