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Tuesday - Friday 9 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 about 30 miles north of downtown Houston. There are two clinic locations 27 miles apart. A vehicle is needed to travel between the two locations.
Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Pain Medicine
What you will do:
You will be under the supervision of a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist. The physician has trained at multiple institutions, including Harvard University. At every stop of the doctor's career, the physician has been recognized for the quality of care delivered. The preceptor has also performed research in the field, and has published and presented work in scientific journals and at conferences.
The physician has an extensive background in teaching, having served as an Assistant Professor. The preceptor is the past recipient of a medical student teaching award for excellence in teaching as a resident. The physician is currently involved in teaching anesthesiology residents at Ben Taub Hospital. The doctor holds staff appointments at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and Providence Hospital of North Houston.
Patients presenting to the practice often come in with headache, facial pain, joint pain (neck, back, peripheral), sciatica, and neuropathy. The preceptor uses cutting-edge treatments to manage these conditions in an evidence-based manner. Among the procedures that the doctor performs include epidural steroid injections, joint injections, trigger joint injections, stellate ganglion blocks, trigeminal ganglion blocks and spinal cord stimulator placement.
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 progress notes.
Have opportunities to observe procedures.
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Being involved in patient education.
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 Anesthesiology and Pain 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 surprised me. Dr. X has above average knowledge and provides procedural opportunities. You will interact with patients autonomously and Dr. will listen to your diagnostic hypotheses, scoring where necessary.