raleigh-durham cardiology

inpatient/outpatient externship

in cardiology

Specialty: Cardiology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 79

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on inpatient and outpatient rotation will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina (1 hour from Raleigh).

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 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 cardiology. He is on staff at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hosppital.  He is actively involved in the education of family medicine residents at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. Residents rotate with him during their cardiology elective, and he lectures to them regularly. 

This rotation will take place in his cardiac center. You will also accompany the preceptor for rounds in the hospital and be able to observe procedures in the inpatient setting. 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 have opportunities to attend Noon Lecture at the hospital with family medicine and internal medicine residents. 

Although this position is largely clinical, there may be opportunities to take part in projects to improve the practice. Examples include creating patient care handouts or informational pages for the practice website as well as participation in ongoing research projects. Such opportunities, if available, will be presented to the rotator but at the preceptor's discretion. 

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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"The doctor has a very good bedside manner. He is very knowledgeable. He takes the time to explain the subject/disease to both patients and student. He is up-to-date with current/new studies and drugs/treatment options. He asks you challenging questions that make you think. You will be able to improve your auscultation skills." - Bita "The doctor is an excellent teacher, humble and down to earth preceptor...Whomever goes to his practice for rotation will be well prepared for starting first year of residency. The doctor helps students to evaluate a patient systematically and align the thought process to formulate an effective assessment and plan. The rotation has helped me to identify what will be expected from a 1st year resident and how to successfully train as a resident and a good physician." - Veena

"If you are looking for a good hands-on rotation with a very knowledgeable and sweet preceptor who is really going to help you learn and pursue your carrier goals, this is the write rotation for you! The clinic has a very diverse population, which helps us learn from different patients. The doctor is very committed to our learning and will take the time to teach about the cases and incentivize us to learn more."

- Lara

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