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inpatient/OUTPATIENT EXternship IN cardiology

Specialty: Cardiology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 151

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on combined inpatient and outpatient rotation will take place in Denver, Colorado.


Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM (please note that on Mondays he is involved in outreach and therefore you may be working with one of his colleagues on Mondays)

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 cardiologist who is involved in medical student and resident (transitional year and internal medicine) education. He has taught students from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine. He holds staff appointments at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, North Suburban Hospital, Medical Center of Aurora, and Sky Ridge Medical Center. 

You will see patients in his office and in the hospital. 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 this is a hands-on experience):​

  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will scrub in and be present in the operating room, as necessary.

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

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will deliver talks about important topics.

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

As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational. The hands-on component of this rotation will mostly take place in the outpatient setting.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Part of your rotation may include protected time for you to work on a variety of projects to improve the physician's practice. This may include creation of patient care handouts, development of case reports, and participation in ongoing research projects. This will be an excellent opportunity to gain valuable skills in patient care while taking part in non-patient care related activities that will strengthen your CV for residency. Please note that the availability and nature of the project will be at the discretion of the preceptor. 


There may be opportunities to attend hospital conferences during the noon hour. 

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 particularly useful since cardiology problems are common in outpatient and inpatient practice. 

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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"This is a great rotation to get a comprehensive insight into Cardiovascular medicine. The doctor is a great teacher. He breaks down complicated topics into easily understandable/relatable material. He helped me get comfortable with reading EKGs, ECHOs, Stress tests, and honing my case presentation skills. He allowed me a great deal of independence - be it seeing patients on my own... I had the opportunity to watch procedures like nuclear stress tests, Arterial and Venous dopplers, ECHOs, Interventional procedures like right and left heart catheterizations with stent placements, Intravascular ultrasounds, PDA closures, RVOT stent placements. I was able to interact with patients closely as I would be assigned a few patients every week and follow them until they were discharged. He is very supportive, and made sure to tailor the rotation to my interests." - Aishwarya

"My time spent rotating in cardiology was an invaluable experience."

- Islam

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