phoenix cardiology

outpatient externship

in cardiology

Specialty: Cardiology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 141

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place in Phoenix, Arizona as well as rural areas 1-2 hours outside of Phoenix. Transportation to the rural areas will be provided by the physician preceptor. 

Hours: Monday - Tuesday 6:30 AM to 4 PM; Wednesday 8 AM to 4 PM; Thursday 6:30 AM to 4 PM; Friday 8 AM to 4 PM

What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in cardiology. He is on staff at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. He is actively involved in the education of internal medicine residents and cardiology fellows at Banner. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is a member of the American College of Cardiology.

Knowing that rural patients have limited access to cardiac care, he has made it his mission to improve access to care in rural communities in Arizona. Three days every week, he travels to communities 1-2 hours from Phoenix to deliver care in these areas. He finds this very fulfilling, and is eager to share the joys of rural medicine with the next generation of physicians. For the IMG, this will be an excellent opportunity to experience medicine in underserved areas. Your involvement in this rotation has the potential to make you a more attractive candidate to residency programs that have a rural focus or component. 

Please note that two days of every week will be spent in his Phoenix office. 


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 give talks or topic presentations to the team. 

  • 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. 


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

​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. 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.

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