Houston Radiology

inpatient/outpatient externship in radiology

Specialty: Radiology (Diagnostic and Interventional

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 52


Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on inpatient and outpatient rotation will take place at two locations - one 10 minutes west of downtown and the other  20 minutes east of downtown Houston. 


Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4 PM

What you will do: This is a combined inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board-certified radiologist. He holds staff appointments at River Oaks Hospital, Advanced Diagnostics East Hospital, Cornerstone Hospital, and Nexus Hospital. Sixty percent of the time will be spent in the care of patients undergoing procedures. The remaining time will be spent seeing patients in the interventional radiology clinic. For students interested in exploring or pursuing residency training in diagnostic radiology, opportunities are available to customize the rotation so that a larger percentage of time is spent in diagnostic rather than interventional radiology.

The physician preceptor is also involved in administrative roles, and you may be able to attend meetings where you will be exposed to the business and administrative sides of medicine. 

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; 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 enter 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 give talks about topics to the team.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

You may be able to attend Tumor Board and Interventional Radiology conferences at the hospital. Please note that the availability of these opportunities is at the discretion of the preceptor.  

There will also be time set aside to work on projects in the preceptor's practice. These projects will allow you to build important skills outside clinical medicine that will be attractive to residency programs. The exact nature of the radiology project will be decided by the preceptor. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Radiology. 


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.

Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Vicki Marx (Program Director of the Radiology Residency Program at USC Keck School of Medicine) about How to Match Successfully in Radiology

Wondering how to do well during your radiology rotation? Read Dr. Desai's article - How to Succeed in Your Radiology Rotation 



"This rotation is exceptional and has overcome expectations. The biggest strength of this attending is his compromise with teaching. He is very supportive and patient with the students. He gives us many opportunities to participate in the procedures and actively pushes us to interact with patients, besides explaining each step of our tasks."

- Otavio

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