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atlanta infectious disease

Inpatient/OUTPATIENT EXternship 

IN infectious disease

Specialty: Infectious Disease

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 165

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient and inpatient rotation will take place in Atlanta, Georgia (approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown).

Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM to 4 PM (mornings at the hospital; afternoons in the clinic)


What you will do: This will not be a shadowing observership experience. You will be actively involved in patient care in this hands-on clinical experience. You will be under the supervision of a board-certified internal medicine and infectious disease physician who is on staff at an Emory-affiliated hospital. She has had extensive experience educating learners from U.S. medical schools, including Emory, Mercer, and PCOM, as well as international medical students and graduates. 

As an international medical graduate herself, this preceptor is very sensitive to the challenges that IMGs face in establishing their careers in the U.S. She aims to give each learner an immersive experience to help build important clinical skills under her supervision. 

As an infectious disease specialist, she has expertise in the diagnosis and management of infections caused by various agents, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Students who rotate through this clinical experience will learn how to evaluate patients with acute and chronic infectious disease, analyze microbiologic data, and select appropriate antimicrobial therapy if needed. 


After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care under supervision:​

  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic notes (eClinicalWorks EMR)

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

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will teach other team members. 

  • You will work with other healthcare professionals, including NPs and PAs

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

As the preceptor sometimes encounters interesting cases, students may have the opportunity to participate in a case report. Please note that the availability of such opportunities is at the discretion of the preceptor. Interested students should ask the preceptor about these opportunities early in the rotation.

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in internal medicine or infectious disease.  

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. 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.

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