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Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 5 PM (every other Friday 8:30 AM to Noon)
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 100 miles north of Miami, Florida.
Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Neurology
What you will do:
You will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in neurology. The preceptor has a strong background in teaching, having been involved in the education of nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and medical students. This physician receives high marks on his bedside manner, especially for compassion, caring nature, professionalism, and time spent with patients during encounters. The preceptor holds a staff appointment at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Please note that this physician has several colleagues in the office and you will also spend time with these other practitioners.
In this outpatient practice, you will encounter patients with a wide variety of neurologic disease, including balance disorders, epilepsy, migraines, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, myopathy, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, stroke, spasticity, and dementia. You will be able to hone your skills in history-taking, gain confidence in your ability to perform the neurological exam, and present cases.
Procedures and tests are done in the clinic which you will be able to observe and learn from. For example, with EMGs, you will be able to better understand its indications, role in diagnosis, procedural steps, and possible complications. Other procedures include EEG, Botox injection for dystonia, spasticity, blepharospasm, and migraines, nerve conduction velocity, neuromuscular ultrasound, evoked potential testing, and videonystagmography. The practice has an infusion center with treatment options for patients suffering from chronic, severe headache.
After one week 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.
Understanding the EMR (rotators receive access to the chart).
Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Gaining an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in neurology.
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.