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los angeles cardiology

inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience
in cardiology

Specialty: Cardiology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 44


Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience 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

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 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. 

Please note that this experience remains within the regulations of California pertaining to the unlicensed practice of medicine. Rotators will not be practicing medicine but will be learning the following under the guidance of the physician preceptor:


  • Taking patient histories under supervision.

  • Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing or entering clinic progress notes under supervision.

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

  • Educating patients under supervision.

  • Delivering talks about important topics.

  • Have opportunities to teach other team members.

  • Learning about billing and coding. 

The activities above will mostly take place in the outpatient setting. As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational.

Approximately once every week, you will accompany the preceptor to the hospital where you will be able to observe procedures or round on hospitalized patients. 

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 US clinical experience in cardiology. IMGs seeking careers in internal medicine or family medicine will also find this rotation particularly useful. 

How to obtain a letter of recommendation: The rotator should ask the preceptor for a LOR near the conclusion of the rotation. Dr. Desai has provided the physician with guidelines about best practices in letter writing that meet residency program requirements. 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



"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."

To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with the MD2B Connect team
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