I had the pleasure of doing a 4 week long externship with Dr. Khan. This experience not only added to my medical knowledge but also helped me improve my clinical, and professional skills. He is undeniably a great preceptor, an amazing human and a compassionate doctor. He brought the best possible version of me, made me learn things that would not be possible solely through academically. The hardwork that he put in every single day is commendable.
This shadowing opportunity with Dr. Khan helped me acquire both inpatient and outpatient exposure in the month of August 2022. As an observer, I attended ward rounds in HCA Houston Northwest Hospital; outpatient clinics in Epic Heart and Vascular Center. I also got an opportunity to observe various procedures both in hospital and clinic including cardiac catheterizations, peripheral angiograms, various venous procedures including radiofrequency ablation, venaseal and varithena, arterial and venous dopplers, echocardiography and stress tests. We spent a good time in office in understanding ECGs and interpretation of stress tests.
I actively contributed as a member of the Epic Heart and Vascular Center team by taking patient histories and performing physical examinations in the clinic. I would then document the relevant details in the EMR system and discuss the patient cases with Dr. Khan, who always took it as an opportunity to teach and offer feedback. This practice significantly aided in the improvement of my clinical skills.
Everyone at the clinic works together as a team and has great respect for each other. Dr. Khan, nurse practitioners and the MAs constantly gave me feedback how to improve and I noticed a huge improvement by following their advice. The amount of experience and work was comparable to the responsibilities of an intern in a residency program.
Overall, I had a great experience during this rotation with Dr. Khan. I got to learn more about the vast field of cardiology and the most recent advances and trials. Dr. Khan is a great mentor and an amazing teacher. His qualities of teamwork and patient care have influenced me greatly, and I consider myself fortunate to have learned so much from him.