columbus endocrinology

OUTPATIENT EXternship IN endocrinology

Specialty: Endocrinology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 152


Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on rotation will take place in Columbus, Ohio.


Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM


Monday - Wednesday 8 AM to 5 PM

Monday through Wednesday is a full day of outpatients. There is a mixture of New and Follow-ups. 


Thursday - Friday


Dedicated research clinic time with research patients being seen in the office. There is also a significant amount of down time on these days due to admin time for the practice and research teams.


What you will do: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a highly regarded physician educator who is board-certified in Endocrinology. She holds the following faculty appointments:


  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Ohio State University College of Medicine

  • Clinical Associate Professor at Ohio University College of Medicine

  • Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine and Endocrinology at Mt. Carmel Health System

Medical students and residents from these institutions rotate through her practice. She also teaches learners in other settings, including didactic lectures and journal clubs. 

As an endocrinologist, she has made contributions in other areas, holding many prominent leadership positions. She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, having served as President of the Ohio River Chapter.  She is a Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists which is the highest honor that a physician in her specialty can achieve. She also serves on the Board of Directors for EndocrineWeb and Diabetes Lifestyle. 

Her research accomplishments are equally notable. She has been involved in over 40 clinical trials, twelve of which are still active. For the interested IMG, there may be opportunities to take part in research activities. If you have an interest in research, please bring this to the attention of the preceptor early in the rotation. 

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

  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic notes. 

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

  • You will have the opportunity to give talks or topic presentations.

  • You will be involved in patient education.

  • You will teach other team members.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

There may be opportunities to attend teaching conferences at one or more of the hospitals where the preceptor has staff appointments. If you are interested in attending these conferences, please discuss with the preceptor. 


Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Endocrinology.


​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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