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Tuesday 9 AM to 7 PM; Wednesday 9 AM to 7 PM; Friday 9 AM to 7 PM; Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM
This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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 cares for a largely underserved Spanish-speaking population. Most patients in this practice are uninsured and low-income individuals. Please note that this rotation requires fluency in Spanish.
With years of experience caring for underserved patients, this preceptor has created a practice that allows for the provision of lower-cost care to patients with limited financial means. Rotating in this practice will make you carefully consider how healthcare can be delivered in a very different way. Useful articles to read prior to the rotation are the following:
The preceptor completed family medicine residency training at the University of New Mexico. The physician is a passionate educator, and is dedicated to helping students reach their professional goals in medicine. The preceptor has helped many students from diverse backgrounds achieve their dreams of becoming physicians.
A unique aspect of this rotation is the composition of the healthcare team within which you will be working. Most team members are premedical and other prehealth students volunteering their time in an apprenticeship program over a period of two years. These students are trained to help the physician operate the practice while learning the core principles of professionalism, health care delivery to patients with limited means, and holistic care. Since you have years of additional experience in medicine, you will be able to assist the preceptor by taking on a leadership role with these early career students and providing them with the knowledge and experience you have gained caring for patients. Leadership is important to residency programs (according to the 2021 NRMP Program Director Survey, over 65% of family medicine residency programs cited leadership experience as a factor used to make interview decisions) and this experience will allow you to communicate your role as a leader through your residency application.
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 or entering clinic notes.
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Teaching other team members. Since he has many premedical students working in his office, there are many opportunities to teach.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals (diabetes educator, acupuncturist, homeopathy) in the office to understand their roles and responsibilities.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in family 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 doctor is extremely compassionate, carries an infectious enthusiasm about him at all times, gives patients whatever time they need, typically staying at least three hours past the posted closing hours, is culturally sensitive and knowledgeable regarding his patient population, has a TERRIFIC sense of humor, treated me with respect as an equal, readily admitted his limitations to myself and patients, is always open to new ideas even if it means proving himself wrong, LOVES to teach, encourages his rotator to pursue opportunities to further the rotator’s cause of obtaining residency even if it is during clinic time, is very good at including a motivated rotator in the administration of alternative/traditional therapies including trigger point and myofascial tension release, strives for excellence and constant improvement in himself and in his staff, is very easy to talk to, carries himself with a healthy blend of self-assuredness and humility, and is truly a JOY to work with."