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cincinnati nephrology

outpatient externship

in nephrology

Specialty: Nephrology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 176

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio. ​

Hours: Monday - Friday 11 AM to 5 PM


What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. The physician is on staff at Mercy Health and Good Samaritan Hospital. As a core faculty member in an internal medicine residency program in Cincinnati, the attending physician is actively involved in resident education, and enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, international medical graduates, and residents. The physician is a member of the American Society of Nephrology. 

During this rotation, you will learn how to diagnose and manage patients with kidney disease presenting to a nephrologist in an outpatient setting. Among the conditions you will encounter include chronic kidney disease, nephrolithiasis, glomerular disease, hypertension, among other conditions. The focus will be not only on diagnosis and management but also prevention. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this is not a shadowing observership; you will be actively involved in patient care):


  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will enter clinic progress notes (Epic).

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

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals in the office to understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Although this position is largely clinical, there may be opportunities to take part in projects to improve the practice. Such opportunities, if available, will be presented to the rotator but at the preceptor's discretion. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will find this rotation useful.


​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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