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Tuesday - Thursday 5 PM to 7 PM; Friday - Saturday 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 is a tele-rotation or telemedicine rotation. Therefore, you can take part in this rotation from anywhere in the world.
Telerotation in Psychiatry
What you will do:
You will be under the supervision of a psychiatrist who evaluates and manages the care of patients with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, anxiety, and substance abuse. The doctor provides psychiatric care for both children (> 5 years) and adults. The preceptor completed residency at the National Institutes of Mental Health and St. Elizabeth Hospital and holds a staff appointment at Doctors Community Hospital. Previously, the preceptor served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Laurel Regional Hospital.
On Friday and Saturday, you will able to listen in on encounters between the physician and patients with mental health illness. Typically, the physician sees 20 patients per day - a combination of follow-up appointments and new patient evaluations. You will be actively involved during these patient encounters. You will be able to take histories during which you will inquire about symptoms, assess response to treatments, ask about side effects, etc., under the physician's supervision. There will be opportunities to discuss the patient's case during the day. Please note that these are audio calls.
From Monday through Thursday, you will meet virtually from 5 PM to 7 PM via Zoom with the preceptor for case presentations and in-depth discussions of psychiatric diseases. During this time, students will present cases and topics, and the entire team will engage in discussion. Following that, the physician preceptor will give an overview of the patients that she saw that day, including diagnosis, treatment, and important learning points. The preceptor will ask students to read about these patients and then ask questions the following day about anything from the readings.
Please note that this preceptor requires rotators to complete HIPAA training prior to the rotation. You may take one of the following courses:
Rotators should send the certificate of completion to us. A background check is also required.
Who should consider this rotation:
International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking clinical experience in psychiatry. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will find this rotation particularly useful since mental health problems are common in outpatient and inpatient practice.
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 preceptor is very experienced in teaching. Students get chance to do presentations and interact with patient virtually.