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Children's Race

new york pediatrics

outpatient US clinical experience
in pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 162

Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in two locations - Brooklyn and Manhattan (New York City).

Hours: Monday 9 AM to 5 PM (Manhattan Office); Tuesday - Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM (Brooklyn Office). Please note the preceptor sometimes sees patients on the weekends but this varies from week to week (rotators should discuss the weekend schedule with the preceptor at the start of the rotation).

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 Pediatrics. She holds hospital privileges at Maimonides Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Weill Cornell. She is presently Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Pediatrician at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center.

She has practiced pediatrics in different settings and countries. She began her career as a pediatric hospitalist before establishing her outpatient practice in New York City where she splits her time between her Manhattan and Brooklyn offices. In the past, she was actively involved in the education of pediatrics residents at Maimonides Medical Center. 

Because the preceptor has a background in both Western medicine and traditional and complementary medicine, this is an excellent opportunity to learn how to deliver holistic and evidence-based care utilizing either or both approaches. An increasing number of pediatric residency programs are incorporating complementary therapy in their curriculum in response to heightened demands for these services from parents and children. You will gain knowledge and experience in speaking to patients about lifestyle, yoga, and herbs among other treatment modalities. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient encounters and learn the following under the preceptor’s supervision:​


  • Taking patient histories (escort patients to the room, check vitals, take HPI, enter info into EMR).

  • Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Entering clinic progress notes into the EMR (eClinicalWorks).

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

  • Have opportunities to teach other team members.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Although this position is largely clinical, there may be opportunities to take part in projects to improve the practice. Students who are interested in practice improvement projects should indicate their interest early in the rotation to the preceptor. 


Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in pediatrics. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine will also find this rotation useful as the care of children is an important part of family medicine.

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.

Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Su-Ting Li (Associate Vice Chair for Education and Program Director of the Pediatrics Residency Program at UC Davis) about How to Match Successfully in Pediatrics



"The preceptor took great care of me and helped me a lot so that I could rotate comfortably. I was able to form a good relationship with the preceptor, and at the end of the rotation, it was really sad that the time with the preceptor was the last. If anyone wants to have clinical experience in the US, this is the preceptor I would recommend first."

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