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Operation Theater

pain medicine

OUTPATIENT US clinical experience
IN pain medicine

Specialty:Pain Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 220

Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Rochester, New York. One day will be spent in the ambulatory surgical center observing procedures. The remaining days will be spent in the physician's office. Please note that this rotation is currently unavailable. 


Hours: Monday 6:30 AM to 3 PM; Tuesday - Friday 9 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 board-certified anesthesiologist who also completed a pain management fellowship. He completed his residency and fellowship training in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the University of Rochester. He is currently on staff at Highland Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital, two teaching hospitals affiliated with the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester General Hospital, and Unity Hospital. 

The attending has developed expertise in cutting-edge interventional pain procedures and utilizes his breadth of knowledge and technical ability to provide relief to patients suffering from pain. In this practice, you will encounter patients in acute and chronic pain and learn how an anesthesiologist with advanced training in pain management can provide high-quality care. You will appreciate the effects of pain on the patient's quality of life and function and understand how to best interact with patients in a compassionate and empathetic manner. 

Patients with a wide variety of complaints will be seen, including those with neck, back, shoulder, arm, and knee. Workup to establish the etiology of the pain disorder will be undertaken and may reveal such diagnoses as cervical radiculopathy, complex regional pain syndromes, herniated disc, and spinal stenosis among other conditions. A multimodal approach to pain management will be emphasized which, at times, may involve procedures such as steroid injections, nerve blocks, sympathetic blocks, and spinal cord stimulator implantation. In this practice, Mondays are procedure days. 

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.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing or entering clinic notes

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

  • Spending time with other healthcare professionals 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 US clinical experience in anesthesiology or pain medicine. 


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.

Listen to Dr. Desai's Advice on How to Match into Anesthesiology​:

Matching into Anesthesiology



"The doctor is a great preceptor, a great anesthesiologist and an even greater human being. As a preceptor, he had a plan for my four weeks that gave me structure. At the end of each day I got feedback on my work and there was nothing but encouragement , which helped me build confidence in myself , my capabilities and helped me grow as a physician. He is a very kind and approachable, which helped me interact with him very comfortably. He is a model physician to his patients and staff member. Always with a smile and sense of humor that makes it a joy to work with him. I learned so much more than pain management from him. I learned how to be humble, empathetic, caring; have a good work-life balance and strong work ethics. Overall I loved the appointment and grew better as a physician."

To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with the MD2B Connect team
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