Interested in learning more about this rotation? Start the process for a free introductory meeting with our team
Monday - Thursday 8 AM to 5 PM; Friday 8 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.
The outpatient US clinical experience will take place 45 minutes north of downtown Houston. The preceptor may spend time at three different locations so a car is recommended.
Outpatient US Clinical Experience
in Pain Medicine
What you will do:
This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of board- certified physicians in pain management. They hold staff appointments at Houston Methodist Hospital, HCA Houston Healthcare and UTMB. They are actively involved in teaching and mentoring pain fellows from the MD Anderson Cancer Center and family medicine residents from HCA Houston Healthcare.
In their practice, they are committed to providing personalized care to patients suffering from painful conditions. Among the conditions that they routinely evaluates and treat include back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, headache, neuropathy, and cancer pain. Procedures that they frequently perform to help relieve pain include nerve blocks, epidural injections, nerve ablations, placement of spinal cord stimulators, and implantation of pain pumps.
Please note that some of your time will be spent with both colleagues in the practice and other providers.
This rotation will take place mainly at the physician's outpatient clinic but some time may be spent in a surgical center. On the first day, you will be introduced to how the clinic operates, its processes, and patient flow. 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 histories of new and established patients.
May have opportunities to examine patients under physician supervision.
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Observing state-of-the-art procedures in pain management.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking experience in pain management, anesthesiology, PM&R, and 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.
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.