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Doctor and Patient

cleveland internal medicine

inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience
in internal medicine

Specialty: Internal Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 181

Where will this rotation take place: This inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Cleveland, Ohio. ​This rotation is currently unavailable. 

Hours: Monday 8 AM to 5:30 PM; Tuesday Noon to 5 PM; Wednesday 9 AM to 11:30 AM; Thursday 11 AM to 6 PM; Friday 8 AM to 1:30 PM

Hours have been provided by the preceptor. Hours are subject to change at the preceptor’s discretion, but the minimum total hours will remain approximately the same.


What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in Internal Medicine. The physician is on staff at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital, and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, and serves as Associate Program Director of an internal medicine residency program. The physician is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

As a core faculty member in an internal medicine residency program in Cleveland, the attending physician is actively involved in resident education and enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, international medical graduates, and residents. 

During this rotation, you will split your time between the inpatient and outpatient settings. Opportunities to round at the hospital will also be available but the amount of time spent at the hospital depends upon the patient census on the physician's hospital service. 

Please note that on Wednesdays you will accompany the preceptor to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. You will typically evaluate these patients and then update the preceptor during rounds on their conditions. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient encounters and learn the following under the preceptor’s supervision:​


  • Taking patient histories.

  • Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • Give topic presentations or talks to the team.

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

The activities above will mostly take place in the outpatient setting. As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational.

Although this position is largely clinical, there may be opportunities to take part in small projects such as case reports. Such opportunities, if available, will be presented to the rotator but at the preceptor's discretion. If you are interested, please communicate your interest to the preceptor. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in internal medicine.


How to obtain a letter of recommendation: The rotator should ask the preceptor for a LOR near the conclusion of the rotation. Dr. Desai has provided the physician with guidelines about best practices in letter writing that meet residency program requirements. 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.

See Where Our Students Applying to Internal Medicine Have Received Interviews or Matched

Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Roy Ziegelstein (Vice Dean for Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Former Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center) about How to Match Successfully in Internal Medicine



"The doctor is kind, empathetic and highly knowledgeable. His attitude towards his patients is exemplary. He answers all questions from patients and students alike with patience and understanding." 

To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with the MD2B Connect team
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