detroit internal medicine

Outpatient externship in internal medicine

Specialty: Internal Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 19


Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on rotation will take place 30 miles north of downtown Detroit. 



Summer Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 7 AM to 1 PM; Wednesday 9 AM to 2 PM. 

Winter Hours: Monday - Tuesday 8 AM to 2 PM; Wednesday 9 AM to 3 PM; Thursday 7 AM to 1 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: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a highly regarded physician educator who is board-certified in Internal Medicine. He is involved in the teaching and mentoring of internal medicine residents from the DMC/Huron Valley Hospital as well as students from the Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Michigan Clinical Nurse Practitioner Program. He holds staff appointments at DMC/Huron Valley Hospital and William Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak. 


Please note that this is not a shadowing observership. This is a hands-on clinical experience. After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role 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 progress notes.

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

  • 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. 

You may have an opportunity to attend an occasional conference at DMC/Huron Valley Hospital.

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Internal Medicine; IMGs seeking careers in family medicine, internal medicine, or other specialties.

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.

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

"This was an outstanding hands-on experience and I got a great deal of autonomy. The doctor is kind and knowledgeable with great bedside manner. I have gained a great depth of patient care in longitudinal manner and disease prevention. All the staff in his clinic are nice and helpful." - Xue "This rotation is perfect for IMG first clinical rotation in US. The preceptor is very nice, knowledgeable, respectful, and comfortable to work with." - Anastasia "The doctor is an amazing person to work with and I have learned how to show empathy towards patients and handle a patient who is in discomfort and needs a doctor's help. I would like to thank Dr. Desai and his team for taking the time to speak with me and understand my abilities and skills to guide me in the right path." - Naga "The rotation is great because of the friendly environment, the familiarity of patients with students, and the organized workflow that really allows you develop your own style." - Inaam



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