los angeles cardiology

outpatient externship

in cardiology

Specialty: Cardiology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 44


Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient rotation will take place in Huntington Beach.


Hours: Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

Monday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients/vein ablation therapy

Tuesday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients

Wednesday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients/nuclear stress test/vein ablation therapy

Thursday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients

Friday: New patient consults/follow-up of established patients/nuclear stress test

What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology. This physician holds staff appointments at University of California Irvine Medical Center, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, Huntington Beach Hospital and Hoag Medical Center.  He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He is actively involved in the teaching of interventional cardiology fellows from the University of California Irvine. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care under physician supervision (please note that this experience remains within the regulations of California pertaining to the unlicensed practice of medicine. Externs will not be practicing medicine but will be learning under the guidance of the physician preceptor):


  • You will take patient histories under supervision.

  • You will perform physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic progress notes under supervision.

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

  • You will educate patients under supervision.

  • You will deliver talks about important topics.

  • You will have opportunities to teach other team members.

  • You will learn about billing and coding. 

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

You may also have opportunities to attend the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds and Continuing Medical Education Lectures in hospitals. 

You may also have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects to improve the physician's practice. Examples include creation of patient care handouts, writing of case reports, and participation in ongoing research projects. The exact nature of the project, if available, will be determined by you and your preceptor.

This will be an excellent opportunity to gain valuable skills in patient care while taking part in non-patient care related activities that will strengthen your CV for residency.   

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking patient care experience in cardiology. IMGs seeking careers in internal medicine or family medicine will also find this rotation particularly useful. 

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.


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.

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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

"I was given opportunity to see a lot of patients, many venous ablation procedures and ultrasound of extremities as well as echocardiograms. Each time, I was able to learn something new and implement it the next time I went into the room."

- Parth

"The doctor is an excellent cardiologist..During my rotation, I could room patients, collect the history, check the vitals, perform the EKG and present the patient’s case to the doctor...The doctor frequently asked me challenging questions regarding the diagnose and therapeutic plan for the case...This rotation allowed me to perform a comprehensive review of the most common cardiac pathologies and become more familiar with the technique and interpretation of cardiology exams, especially EKGs, stress tests and lower extremity Duplex ultrasound...I really liked my rotation...After this experience, I feel more confident and prepared for future challenges. I am very thankful to Dr Desai and Manish for their guidance and support. It is amazing to realize how they truly care about every detail so that you never feel lost or alone." - Valeria "The doctor has an enormous experience in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency and heart disease, which gave me a great opportunity to appreciate his expertise and improve my knowledge regarding cardiology...He is also good at teaching, every time I had a question, he can illustrate it in a brief but effective way like using metaphors or drawing pictures...He gave me chances to encounter patients and make plans for them, and tell me how I can improve by giving me guidelines...Practicing on the doctor's team is awesome, he is professional and warm, I learned a lot from him, both academically and personally. Team-members like Tina, Tiffany and Alexis are warm and good people, they helped join the team and make me relaxed in the daily work, I really want to stay longer there." - Ke "My experience at the doctor's clinic went beyond my expectations. He has been a true teacher and mentor for me. At the clinic, he constantly evaluated me on history taking, presentation, and writing. I received important feedback from him and, in this way, I could fine-tune these skills, which are the most important part of medical practice...helped me to perfect my ability to auscultate the heart, which he assessed constantly as well. Productive discussions arose after we both auscultated the heart, correlating the findings with the patient history and how they are used to conclude a diagnosis. Being an expert interventional cardiologist, director of a cardiac catheterization laboratory at a hospital, and professor of clinical cardiology at a high-prestige university, he has combined these features to provide excellent teaching on cardiac invasive procedures and their interpretation...For these reasons, rotating at the doctor's clinic is more than recommended." - Miguel

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