los angeles internal medicine

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We have multiple internal medicine rotations in Los Angeles.

Please click on your rotation of interest below to learn more about the rotation

 

inpatient/OUTPATIENT externship IN internal medicine / icu / pulmonology

Specialty: Internal Medicine / ICU / Pulmonology / Sleep Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 37

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

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Hours

 

Outpatient

Monday 8:30 AM to 6 PM (in office with NP or PA until 1 PM and then with attending from 1 to 6 PM)

Tuesday 8:30 AM to 7 PM (in office with NP or PA until 2 PM and then with attending from 2 to 7 PM)

Wednesday 8:30 AM to 5 PM (in office observing/participating in allergy testing with medical assistant)

Thursday 10 AM to 3 PM (in office with attending)

Friday (in office observing/participating in pulmonary function testing with technician)

For those who are interested, there are sleep studies that take place on most evenings beginning at 6:30 PM.

Inpatient

Tuesday 9 PM to 11:30 PM (observing in ICU with attending)

Wednesday 9 PM to 11:30 PM (observing in ICU with attending)

One weekend per month (possible to spend time observing in ICU with attending; please check with attending for availability)

What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary / critical care, and sleep medicine. Although you will be seeing patients in his office, you will also spend part of your time observing in the ICU. This physician holds staff appointments at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, Orange Coast Medical Center, South Coast Global Hospital, Foothill Regional Hospital, and Hoag Medical Center.  He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences.​

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):

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  • 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 perform and interpret spirometry under supervision.

  • You will observe and interpret pulmonary function tests and cardiopulmonary exercise tests.

  • You will be involved with patients in the Sleep Lab and learn how to read sleep studies.

  • 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. 

In the inpatient setting:

  • You will round on critical care ICU patients in an observer role.

  • You will round on consults in the hospital in an observer role.

  • You will observe procedures, including central lines, A-lines, chest tubes, thoracentesis, bronchoscopy, etc.

Please note that in the ICU, you will be purely observing. 

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking patient care experience in internal medicine. IMGs seeking careers in internal medicine, pulmonology, critical care, and sleep 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.

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 ​​

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TESTIMONIALS


"Very caring towards patients, shows excellent bedside manners and patient interactions. He is very approachable and friendly, loves to teach. Willing to go out of his way to help students achieve their residency goals within the local community." - Assad "Very kind, accommodating, and easy to work with." - Anastasia "Very friendly and approachable supervisor who gives you the chance to explore various aspects of patient care and gives you the opportunity to focus on specific areas that you would like to further build on and strengthen." - Mariyam "This is a good introduction to clinical experience in the US. You are allowed to see patients independently and then present a synthesized history and plan...This is a great opportunity to build up confidence in meeting and communicating with a diverse population." - Sebastian "Helpful, Cooperative, Down to Earth, Knowledgeable, Hard-working" - Arpan





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internal medicine #2

OUTPATIENT externship IN internal medicine

 

Specialty: Internal Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 107

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Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient rotation will take place in Los Angeles (Anaheim area).

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Hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM to 12:30 PM and 2 PM – 5:30 PM

What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician board-certified in internal medicine. As an international medical graduate, he is very familiar with the challenges that IMGs face in adapting to new clinical environments and developing the skills needed to be successful during residency training. He completed his residency training in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. 

 

In his 30 plus years as a practicing physician, he has worked with international medical students and graduates, and finds great joy in helping these future doctors be the best physicians they can be. He holds hospital privileges at Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Anaheim Global Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center, and La Palma Intercommunity Hospital.

Known for his friendly, warm, and gentle manner, he takes great pride in doing all that he can to provide his patients with personalized care. Please note that approximately 50% of the patients seen in this office will be Arabic-speaking. Therefore, this will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to deliver culturally competent care to this patient population. 

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 histories under supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter patient notes under supervision. 

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

  • You will deliver talks about important topics.

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

 

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

There may be opportunities to attend Grand Rounds at the hospital. 

 

Please note that this position is largely clinical. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking careers in internal medicine will find this rotation particularly useful. 

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​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.

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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TESTIMONIALS

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