san francisco psychiatry

outpatient experience

in psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 77

Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient rotation will take place in the San Francisco area. Please note that transportation will be required as this physician preceptor has multiple offices in the San Francisco area. 

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM


What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a physician who is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He has held multiple leadership roles, having served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at a community hospital and President of several medical and psychiatric organizations. He has also been invited to speak as a visiting professor at different institutions. He is dedicated to delivering high quality patient care, and is the recipient of multiple awards for compassionate care. 

You will be a part of a multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuropsychologists, psychotherapists, and counselors. 

​After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care:

  • You will help the psychiatrist take patient histories.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will help the psychiatrist 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. 

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, or participating in ongoing research on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). 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 patient care experience in psychiatry. Those seeking to enter careers in family medicine or internal medicine may also find this rotation useful as primary care physicians are often the initial point of contact for patients with mental health conditions. 

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. Please note that, in some cases, preceptors may ask their students to submit 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 Interview (Part 1 and 2) with Dhruv Gupta Who Recently Matched into Psychiatry:

Matching into Psychiatry Part 1
Matching into Psychiatry Part 2



"The doctor exhibits his high knowledgeableness in psychiatry, sociology, and psychology...He is also a great teacher and mentor. He brought his well-balanced training both in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to the service and in educating his trainees...He is a role model of my future career who has a very clear boundary with patients while maintaining firm physician-patient alliance and personal relationship. He is always patient to people and put everything clearly with his great communicative skills." - Yezhe "He is highly knowledgeable and inspiring as a mentor. He was very inclusive and gave me many opportunities to learn from his integrated practice. I also had the chance to attend clinical meetings and lectures, both of which were extremely educational. He was invested in ensuring that I could make the most of this rotation. He went the extra mile to make the rotation educational and wholesome. I have a lot of professional admiration and respect for the way he has shaped his practice. He was also very positive and encouraging, which meant a lot to me as his mentee. Moreover, he offered career guidance, which I found to be very apt for my situation and gave me a lot to think about. His team was also exceptional. I had the opportunity to learn from and work with his highly talented therapists, TMS technicians and clinical staff. I do believe that his strong leadership has allowed him to build such a strong team." - Kirthana "The doctor is one the most compassionate and knowledgeable doctors you will ever meet. His knowledge of the psychiatric field of medicine is unmatched by anyone I hae met. He loves teaching medical students and encourages them to expand their knowledge base. He was eager each day to teach me someting new and wold find ways to engae us in conversations in how psychiatry really is in the real world. His ability to engage his patients in conversations while getting the necessary clinical information about their mental health is astonishing. I highly recommend this rotation for anyone interested in Psychiatry or interested in learning about mental illnesses...My only regret was the the rotation ended in 4 weeks. I wish it could have been longer. - Nikhil

(Click on the arrow at right)
To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with Dr. Desai and his team