Happy Family

las vegas family medicine

Inpatient/outpatient externship in family medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 48

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on inpatient/outpatient rotation will take place in Las Vegas. 

Hours: Monday through Friday 9 AM to 7 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: You will be under the supervision of a board-certified family medicine physician who holds hospital appointments at the following institutions:

  • ​University Medical Center

  • Valley Hospital Medical Center

  • North Vista Hospital

  • Torrey Pines Rehabilitation Hospital


He is widely regarded as an excellent educator, and he makes teaching a priority. You will spend time in his office seeing patients. On several days of the week, you will accompany the preceptor on hospital rounds. 

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):

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

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals 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. 

Please note that this will largely be a clinical experience. 


Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in family medicine. IMGs seeking experience in the inpatient setting as well as hospice/home visits will also find this rotation appealing. 

​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.

"The doctor serves as a great example; professionally, academically, and personally. It is evident that he cares for his patients and he goes above and beyond to provide them with the best care possible. For example, meeting with patients after hours, on weekends and house visits. He is a great teacher willing to openly share all of his knowledge and experience to make you the best physician you can be. He is very kind, patient and willing to go out of his way to make your rotation experience positive and meaningful. I feel very fortunate to have rotated with him and I am confident that other IMGs will benefit as well." - Juan "The preceptor is incredibly enthusiastic and his rotation focuses on patient interaction, autonomy, and is a canvas for developing your own style." - Inaam "The rotation has patient interaction, basic physical examination, case presentation to attending, charting in EMR, house calls, hospice visit, wound care facility visits, nursing home visits, and hospital rounds. The doctor is always open to discuss patient care and opinions on therapy and management, lets the students talk directly to patients and then present the case to him. Always teaching and explaining diseases and treatment modalities. The doctor cares for his patients and cares for medical student education." - Fernando



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