Albuquerque pediatrics

inpatient/outpatient externship in

pediatric hematology & Oncology

Specialty: Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 106

Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient and outpatient hands-on rotation will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This rotation is not available through November.


Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 6 PM

What you will do: Please note that this is not a shadowing observership experience. This is a hands-on clinical experience. You will be under the supervision of a physician who is board certified in pediatric hematology and oncology. After pediatric residency at Cornell, she completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She then spent several years as a faculty member at Columbia University before joining the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico. She is now on staff at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. 

During this rotation, you will be involved in the care of inpatients and outpatients. For one week of the month, you will be taking care of patients in the hospital under the supervision of the preceptor. You will encounter children with a variety of childhood cancers, blood disorders, and neutropenia. 


The remaining time will be spent in the outpatient clinic, infusion center, and childhood cancer survivor clinic. The latter is a particularly unique feature of this rotation, and involves follow-up of childhood cancer survivors. This is a group that is at risk for the development of complications of cancer treatment, some of which may occur years later. Among these complications are cognitive dysfunction, heart problems, lung disease, fertility issues, and chronic pain. 


This preceptor is also actively involved in community service efforts related to childhood cancer, including fundraising and camps for children diagnosed with cancer. This will be an excellent opportunity to see how physicians impact the community outside of patient care. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care. You will do the following under supervision:

  • You will take patient histories.

  • You will perform exams under the physician's supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will help write or enter clinic notes.

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

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals in the office and the hospital.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in pediatrics.

Will a letter of recommendation be offered: Yes, assuming that the IMG meets the expectations of the rotation. Dr. Desai will provide the physician with guidelines which will improve the quality of the letter.

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.

Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Su-Ting Li (Associate Vice Chair for Education and Program Director of the Pediatrics Residency Program at UC Davis) about How to Match Successfully in Pediatrics

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