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Monday to Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM for 3 weeks and Monday to Thursday 1 PM to 5 PM for one week
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 20 miles west of downtown Dallas.
Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Internal Medicine
What you will do:
You will be under the supervision of a board-certified internal medicine physician. This is an experienced educator who was formerly a faculty member at a major medical U.S. medical school. The preceptor used to serve as an Associate Program Director of a large internal medicine residency program (> 75 residents). The doctor holds hospital appointments at multiple hospitals in the Texas Health and Medical City health systems. The attending is actively involved in teaching internal medicine residents from Medical City Arlington and rounds with the team in the mornings for one week per month.
During this US clinical experience, you will be rotating through the outpatient clinic. Presently, the preceptor is seeing 16-20 patients per day. Approximately 50% of the patients are English-speaking. The other half speak a variety of other languages. Given that most U.S. hospitals have a multicultural population with many non-English-speaking patients, this will be an excellent opportunity to develop experience and skills caring for patients when there is a language barrier and to understand how to deliver culturally sensitive care. Having experience in this area is of great interest to residency programs. While caring for these patients, you will be actively involved.
This preceptor is a strong teacher and believes in discussing cases in depth with his students. Students will be asked to give a provisional diagnosis for patients that are seen in the office and defend their clinical reasoning. Preventive medicine is also a focal point of this rotation and students will be expected to be familiar with age-appropriate screening practices. Students will learn how to educate and counsel patients on lifestyle modifications and the advantages of nonpharmacological measures to maintain good health.
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 supervision.
Entering notes in the EMR (eClinicalWorks)
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals 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 inpatient 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.
This rotation is best for people who wanted to become an internist. We get a lot of access to patients, hands-on experience, mentorship and also medical knowledge. We learn about how to present the case, communicate with the patient, learn about emr.