los angeles family medicine

OUTPATIENT EXternship IN family medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 9


Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient rotation will take place in Anaheim, Huntington Beach, and Foothill Ranch. A vehicle will be necessary to travel between locations. 


Hours: Monday through Friday 7 AM to 5 PM 

What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a board-certified family medicine physician who has been practicing for over 10 years. Although you will be seeing patients in her office, you will also spend significant time in the Urgent Care Center. This physician is the Medical Director of 7 Urgent Care Centers in the Los Angeles area. Half of your time will be spent working directly with the preceptor in her office, and the remaining half will be in urgent care centers working with her colleagues, NPs, and PAs. 

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 receive regular feedback on your performance. 

You may also have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects to improve the physician's practice. This may include creation of patient care handouts, an orientation manual for future students who will rotate in the clinic, and quality improvement projects. You may have an opportunity to present patients at Grand Rounds. The exact nature of the project 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 family medicine. IMGs seeking careers in internal medicine and pediatrics 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.



"The doctor is an excellent doctor who has a solid fund of medical knowledge and good bedside manner. She is also a good teacher who enjoys teaching students, asks whether you have any questions, and what else you want to do during the rotation. She is happy to help you achieve your goals." - Yabin "The doctor not only presents a great example of a family practitioner but also gave meaningful advice on different aspects of life as a physician." - Sangmin

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To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with Dr. Desai and his team