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Monday - Friday 8 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 in Tampa, Florida. You will split time between two offices that are approximately 15 miles apart. You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation.
Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Pulmonology
What you will do:
This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a physician who is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, and sleep medicine. The doctor is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida. The physician has a tremendous amount of experience educating medical students, having precepted students from University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine over a period of many years. The doctor holds hospital privileges at Memorial Hospital of Tampa.
In this practice, you will see a wide range of pulmonary conditions. You will learn how to evaluate these patients, make diagnoses, order appropriate tests, and even observe tests/procedures that are performed in the office, including pulmonary function testing. Because there is a sleep lab at each of his locations, students will become familiar with common sleep disorders, how these conditions are diagnosed through appropriate testing, and the typical treatment plans.
Although this physician is specialized in pulmonary and sleep medicine, the doctor believes strongly in taking care of the whole patient. As a result, learners will have the opportunity to see how specialists can continue to provide general medical care.
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 under supervision.
Examining patients under supervision.
Writing or entering clinic or progress notes (eClinicalWorks EMR)
Observing pulmonary procedures including bronchoscopy and PFTs
Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.
Educating the patient.
Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
Please note that this is largely a clinical experience. However, for the motivated learner, there may be opportunities to observe or take part in research as this practice participates in clinical trials. These opportunities, if available, will be at the discretion of the preceptor.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in Pulmonology.
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.