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OUTPATIENT EXternship IN pulmonology

Specialty: Pulmonology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 159


Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on rotation will take place in a northern suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 5 PM 

What you will do: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. After completing his internal medicine residency in the Northeast, he received his fellowship training in the Midwest. He holds hospital privileges at Baptist Medical Center and Conway Regional Medical Center. For years, he has been actively involved in the education of internal medicine residents. At the present time, he teaches and mentors PGY2 and PGY 3 internal medicine residents from Unity Health Hospital.

Students will gain experience in the evaluation and management of diverse pulmonary conditions, including asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, and sleep apnea. Time may be spent learning about sleep medicine in the center's sleep lab. 

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 under supervision.

  • You will examine patients under supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic or progress notes.

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

  • You will educate the patient. 

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

​Please note that this is largely a clinical experience. However, for the motivated learner, there may be opportunities to participate in research. Currently, there are two ongoing research studies in the clinic. These opportunities, if available, will be at the discretion of the preceptor. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on clinical experience in Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine. 


​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 that 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


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