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Monday: 7 AM to 1 PM; Tuesday: 8 AM to 8 PM; Wed: 1 PM to 5 PM; Thurs: 8 AM to 8 PM; Fri: 8 AM to Noon; Sat: 9 AM to 2 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.
This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Chicago, Illinois.
Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Family Medicine
What you will do:
You will be under the supervision of a board-certified family medicine physician who has a passion for teaching. The physician was a core faculty member involved in founding the Rush-Illinois Masonic Family Medicine Residency. Following that, the doctor was actively involved in curriculum development and education at the Presence Saint Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Family Medicine Residency PRogram.
The physician is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine. The doctor remains a faculty member at Rush University. The physician currently precepts residents from the Humboldt Park Health Family Medicine Residency. The doctor holds hospital appointments at Rush University, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and Presence Saint Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.
The preceptor is committed to providing compassionate, quality care in an evidence-based manner with a focus on excellent customer service. The physician would like to inspire the next generation of physicians to do the same. In the practice, the patient population varies in age from early adulthood to the very elderly. Approximately 50% of patients seen in his practice are Spanish-speaking. This represents an excellent opportunity for non-Spanish-speaking rotators to pick up some basic medical Spanish. This will help you form stronger connections with your patients, and ready you for resdiency training since most programs have large numbers of Hispanic patients.
This preceptor is eager to help you hone your clinical skills. Under the doctor's supervision, you will be able to refine your skills in developing differential diagnoses. In addition, you will be asked to propose treatment plans based on your findings and you will receive feedback on your clincial decision-makinng. You will also learn how to counsel patients on treatment goals and plans, make referrals, and order prescriptions by EMR. Since this preceptor also performs procedures in the office, you will have the opportunity to observe these procedures, including cryotherapy and intra-articular injections of platelet-rich plasma.
Of note, rotators will be given the opportunity to present a topic to the team.
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 exams under the physician's supervision.
Writing or entering clinic notes (Athena and Practice Fusion EMR)
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Giving talks about topics in medicine.
Teaching other team members.
For the motivated IMG, there may be opportunities to participate in projects to improve the practice. Please note that the availability and nature of these projects is at the discretion of the preceptor.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in family medicine. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will find this rotation particularly useful.
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.
He is punctual, a good communicator, shares from his past experiences, genuine, loves to teach, patient, tells it like it is, makes himself available, allows the rotator to "run the clinic," professional, helpful, humorous, encouraging, cares about the rotator's success and addresses areas of weakness.