phoenix internal medicine

OUTPATIENT EXternship IN internal medicine

Specialty: Internal Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 140

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place in Phoenix, Arizona (15 miles northwest of downtown).


Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 AM to 4:30 PM; Friday 8 AM to 2 PM (please note that the Friday office location is 10 miles from the main office location)

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 board-certified internal medicine physician. After completing his internal medicine residency, he had the privilege of serving as chief medical resident. He then completed a geriatrics fellowship. He holds hospital privileges at Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Dell E Webb Medical Center. 

He is extremely dedicated to deliver patient-centered care to his patients while educating the next generation of physicians. He has created a practice that values teamwork, collaboration, and communication. There are learners at every level, including premedical students who serve as scribes, medical students actively involved in patient care, and internal medicine residents and geriatric fellows from Banner.

International medical graduates rotating through this practice will be able to actively contribute to patient care in the clinic. There may be opportunities to accompany the preceptor to the nursing home or during house calls. 

The office also provides a wide variety of services, including allergy testing, biopsies, orthopedic care, bone density testing, imaging (ultrasound, echocardiogram), sleep testing, podiatry, and urodynamics. IMGs will have a wonderful opportunity to observe these procedures. 

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 under supervision.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write notes.

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

  • You will educate patients under supervision.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Although this is a clinical position, the preceptor is involved in research. Students interested in research should notify the preceptor early in the rotation. The availability of a project is at the preceptor's discretion. 


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

​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.

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



"The doctor showed examples of how to approach mental/physical needs of the patients and connect with them. The doctor was deeply knowledgeable and always gave structured and thoughtful answers to my questions, as well as providing quality education to the patients." - Sangmin

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