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Hours: Monday - Friday 7 AM to 4 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 This US clinical experience will take place in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Endocrinology
What you will do:
This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board certified endocrinologist. The preceptor holds hospital staff appointments at Baylor St. Luke's Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital. Please note that this preceptor has a strong background in education, having previously served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
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.
Writing progress notes.
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Being involved in patient education.
Teaching other team members.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
You will receive regular feedback on your performance.
Since this practice has a large number of Spanish-speaking patients, some command of the language will be an asset for the experience.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine since endocrinology problems are commonly encountered in these specialties.
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.
Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Roy Ziegelstein (Vice Dean for Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Former Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center) about How to Match Successfully in Internal Medicine
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.