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Monday - Thursday 10 AM. to 5 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 approximately 10 miles east of downtown Detroit.
Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Internal Medicine
What you will do:
This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board-certified internist. The preceptor has had extensive experience educating students in the U.S. and serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. This attending is also actively involved in teaching internal medicine residents training in the Ascension Health System.
The attending is known to be a kind, caring, patient, and respectful physician. You will see that the patients are very much at ease in the practice because the environment is warm and friendly, and the staff is compassionate and supportive.
On a typical day, the clinic sees 20-25 patients with a mix of new patient evaluations and follow-ups of established patients. Rotators will be encouraged to synthesize patient information from the history, exam, and test results to form diagnoses. To help develop clinical decision-making skills, the attending will often ask “So, what do you think is going on with this patient?” and “What do you want to do next?” You will also be asked to offer your thoughts on treatment and management. All of this will be done in a non-threatening manner so that you can maximize your learning and grow as a clinician.
Because the preceptor is approachable, students can feel comfortable discussing any areas they would like to specifically work on. For example, if the student wishes to refine their exam skills or improve their note writing, the attending will offer targeted feedback in these areas. Students interested in improving their communication skills can request to give topic presentations.
Please note that there are several other practitioners in the office and rotators will have the opportunity to work with them as well.
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.
Writing notes (can submit to preceptor handwritten notes for feedback but not for official chart)
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
May have opportunities to teach other team members.
Spending time 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.