richmond (virginia) nephrology

inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience
in nephrology

Specialty: Nephrology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 33

Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Richmond, Virginia.​

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 5 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 Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is on staff at the Bon Secours Hospital St. Mary's, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Henrico Doctors' Hospital Forrest, and Parham Doctors' Hospital. This will be a combined rotation during which you will spend 2 weeks in the outpatient setting and 2 weeks in the inpatient setting. During the inpatient component, you will be visiting multiple hospitals; therefore, you will have to consider how you will travel from hospital to hospital.  


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.

  • Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing or entering clinic progress notes.

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

  • Educating patients.

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

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

There may be occasional opportunities to attend Grand Rounds at one of the hospitals or pharmaeutical sponsored talks, 

Although this position is largely clinical, there may be opportunities to take part in projects to improve the practice. 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 US clinical experience. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will find this rotation useful.


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.

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