I am a foreign trained medical doctor from India and would like to share my externship program experience at San Ramon Urgent Care & Clinic under the guidance of Dr. Rajesh Maheshwari.
I had my USMLE Step 2 CS exam scheduled and was looking for an externship opportunity in the Bay Area. I learned about the San Ramon Urgent Care Clinic Externship program through a friend and decided to enroll in their 1-month externship program under the guidance of Dr. Rajesh. That was the best decision I made as it tremendously helped me prepare for the CS exam. The externship experience has helped me to learn how the US health system works and also to gain good US clinical experience.
Dr. Rajesh is very knowledgeable, friendly, helping, inspiring doctor and a mentor. As part of the program, he educated me with the diagnosis and urgent care management of every case we see in the clinic which boosted my clinical knowledge. He also taught me how to check-in the patient, updating the electronic health record of the patient, how to do the lab orders and how prescriptions are done in US. I also had an opportunity to do the strep test, flu test, TB test in the lab and shadow Dr. Rajesh while he was performing minor procedures like suturing, removal and abscess drainage since it is an urgent care facility.
I also enjoyed working closely with the clinic staff Marie, Flor and De ja and learned a lot from them too. They are extremely respectful, kind and friendly towards patients and also to students like me. Over all, I had a wonderful experience as a student doctor at San Ramon Urgent Care.
Soon after the completion of my externship program, I confidently appeared for the Step 2 CS exam in Texas and successfully passed with a high performance. I would credit my success to Dr. Rajesh and the guidance he has provided me. The experience I had gained is worth every penny I spent for this externship.
I would strongly recommend this externship program for any medical students and especially international doctors who are in the process of applying for residency. I'm very grateful to Dr. Rajesh for giving me such a fantastic externship opportunity.