Specialty: Dermatology/Pathology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 5

Where the rotation will take place: You will be rotating through a practice within several miles of the world famous Texas Medical Center. Please note that there are no spots available in this rotation through August. 

​Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM

What you will do: You will work directly with a physician who is known to be a gifted educator and mentor. He holds faculty appointments at the following medical schools:


  • Baylor College of Medicine (Associate Clinical Professor)

  • McGovern Medical School at UT Health (Associate Clinical Professor)

  • University of Texas Medical Branch (Clinical Professor)

He is actively involved in the education of residents from Baylor, UT Houston, UTMB, and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

In the mornings, you will see patients in his office. There will be opportunities to take the patient history. You may also be able to perform the exam under the preceptor's supervision. You will also deliver talks, teach other team members, and provide patient education.


In the afternoon, you will participate in dermatopathology sign out and the grossing of specimens. In the office, you may have a chance to interact with other students, residents, and fellows. 

This physician is very much involved in research. So, for the motivated IMG, there will be opportunities to publish case reports or articles. He has over 180 publications on record at PubMed.

Please note that you will be actively involved during this pathology experience. 

You will receive regular feedback from the physician. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking patient care experience, pathology experience, or dermatology experience should consider this rotation. IMGs pursuing residency training in primary care specialties will also find this rotation beneficial as skin problems are a common complaint in outpatient medicine. IMGs interested in building their CV through publication will be able to do so under the supervision of a prolific writer. 

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.

"This rotation is very helpful for those wishing to pursue Dermatology or Pathology. The preceptor is a very knowledgeable person who has a day filled with activities, including clinical interactions, microscopic review, and grossing. He is also active with research and is willing to help others get started on one. For those wanting to make an excellent impression for future residency programs, this is a good rotation to get involved in." - Ryan "If someone is interested in Pathology, this is a great rotation. The doctor takes great effort in making your rotation a success. He really cares for students." - Priya "The entire process of arranging and then participating in this rotation was smooth, timely and well structured. The doctor is a kind, wonderful and excellent teacher and pathologist in general. It was an exciting and intellectually stimulating month for me. I left the rotation feeling a lot more confident of my knowledge than when I started." -Yinka "The doctor is an excellent and dedicated professor, an expert in his field. He is always eager to teach, gives advice about how to improve yourself, demonstrates high ethical standards, cares about people, shares experiences, keeping the observer motivated, which makes him not only an extraordinary professor, but an exceptional human being." - Reniel "The doctor is one of best preceptors I have met. He has a very good medical knowledge in both dermatology and pathology has a unique way of teaching it to his students. He is provides us with useful feedback and give us valuable suggestions on how to improve further. Upon request, he also provided me with a case and material to write a case report and provided a feedback about it." - Akhila "Dedicated, caring, experienced, and passionate about his work. He has a lot of knowledge, and he knows how to share it with you in a gradual and easy way. He is not only an excellent physician but also an excellent person." - Santiago "It really depends on the style of your preceptor how much you are able to acquire from a 4-week rotation, especially for pathology. A good pathology preceptor would open a door for you towards an amazing world, by showing you how to read the story a slide is trying to tell, and teaching you how to hunt the subtle details and the minuscule culprits that might be causing the damages. The doctor is this type of preceptor. He is very supportive and conscious of student’s needs. There is no limitation for learning at his lab, and he always enjoys teaching and sharing. - Jihuan

"This was a unique rotation in that it works well for someone interested in Pathology or Dermatology. The attending physician is highly capable in both fields which allows you to receive extensive experience in those areas. Even more unique though, was his sincere interest in teaching along with his genuine care for his patients. During the rotation, you get to significantly broaden your knowledge, but you also get a chance to remember why you went into medicine in the first place. A great breath of fresh air in our fast-paced, at times disconnected, world." - Kevin



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