raleigh-durham pediatrics

outpatient externship

in pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 70

Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place in a suburb of Raleigh (30 minutes southwest of downtown Raleigh).

Hours: Monday 8AM to 3 PM; Tuesday 8 AM to 5 PM; Thursday 8 AM to 3 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 pediatrics. She is on staff at the Wake Med Cary Hospital.  As an IMG herself, this preceptor is sensitive to the issues that IMGs face in adjusting to the U.S. healthcare system and navigating the challenges of securing positions in residency training programs. Her aim is to provide a strong educational experience that helps the learner build important clinical skills, gain familiarity with how medicine is practiced in the U.S., and reach their professional goals. She is also actively involved in the education of osteopathic medical and physician assistant students. 

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 spend time in the front office and billing departments to understand how an office operates.

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. Examples include creating patient care handouts or informational pages for the practice website, writing case report, and conducting patient surveys. 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 or pediatrics.

​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.

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

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