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Monday to Friday 8 AM to 7 PM  (some days you will finish a bit earlier)

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.

Location: Telerotation

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 board-certified physician who completed psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan. After residency, the preceptor completed two fellowships - one in addiction psychiatry and the other in child and adolescent psychiatry. As a faculty member at both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, the physician is actively involved in the education of U.S. medical students. The preceptor is also called upon to lecture at the medical school.

Please note that this is not a shadowing observership. You will be actively involved in patient care via either Zoom or audio calls. You will have encounters with adolescent, adult, and elderly patients with diagnoses of mood, thought, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and polysubstance abuse disorders. Although most encounters will be with outpatients, you will also experience inpatient psychiatric care as this preceptor provides mental health services to foster children residing in a  facility. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care. Then you will begin to take histories under the preceptor's supervision. Once you have demonstrated the skills to take histories, you will then be allowed to conduct independent interviews with patients. Useful resources for conducting these interviews include:

Suicide Risk Screening Tool

Brief Suicide Safety Assessment

How to Conduct a Clinical Review of a Patient's Medicines

Tips for the Psychiatric Interview

Your responsibilities are listed below.

  • You will take histories

  • You will perform mental status exams.

  • You will develop evidence-based therapeutic plans.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write progress notes.

  • You will research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • You may deliver talks about important topics.

Who should consider this rotation:

International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking clinical experience in psychiatry. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics will also find this rotation particularly useful since mental health problems are common in these specialties.

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.


To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with the MD2B Connect team
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