new york Family medicine

Outpatient externship
in family medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 64

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place in practice locations in New York (New York City - offices in Massapequa, Babylon, Wantagh).

Hours: Monday 9 AM to 7 PM; Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 AM to 5 PM

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 who is board-certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics with considerable teaching experience. He is on staff at the Good Samaritan Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital Long Island. He is involved in the education of family medicine residents at Good Samaritan Hospital. He has been educating international medical graduates for several decades. 

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):

  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic progress notes.

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

  • You will educate patients.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

You may also have opportunities to attend Grand Rounds at Good Samaritan Hospital and evening lectures. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will find this rotation 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.



"Very passionate and kind physician. Loves to teach. Includes you in decision making regarding the patient." - Gurjot "The rotation provided an excellent clinical opportunity. The preceptor was knowledgeable and insightful. The rotation provided an opportunity to work in an inpatient and outpatient clinic." - Sai "As a primary care physician, the doctor builds a strong doctor-patient visit starting with the first visit, ensuring good adherence with follow-up visits. He also emphasizes the importance of communication between different medical specialties (during the rotation I had the opportunity to discuss many patients' diagnoses and treatments with hematologists, radiologists, and neurologists. As a teacher and mentor, he provides an environment for discussion of potential diagnoses, most appropriate lab tests/imaging, and possible treatments." - Aida "The doctor is really a great teacher who lets you take a leading role in patient treatment. He allows you to run an encounter like a full medical officers and will always tell you what can be improved or changed. By the midway point of the rotation, you have more autonomy in devising patient differentials and plans and his method allows you to feel very confident in doing so. He gives a great deal of autonomy and I feel that it is a great practice run for intern year. I have learned so much in a very short time." - Danish "He is a great doctor, and also a wonderful teacher! He loves his students and enjoys teaching us." - Angela

"I highly recommend this doctor to all medical students wishing to pursue a career in family practice. His very hands-on, interactive method of learning...contributes to a high caliber practice. He also listens and integrates clinical recommendations by students regarding patient plan and management."

- Dave

"This preceptor truly cares about patients and students. I have learned a lot from him and every day I looked forward to going to work. Thank you so much for the positive energy and efficiency in teaching and guiding!"

- Chelsey

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