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seattle endocrinology

OUTPATIENT US clinical experience
IN Internal medicine & endocrinology

Specialty: Internal Medicine & Endocrinology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 175


Where will the rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Seattle, Washington (approximately 20 miles south of downtown Seattle). There is a second location which will only be visited on Wednesdays; this location is approximately 15 miles east of downtown Seattle).


Hours: Monday - Tuesday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM; Wednesday 10 AM to 2 PM; Thursday 8:30 AM to 2 PM; Friday 8:30 AM to 12:30 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: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a highly regarded physician educator who is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. The preceptor is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Physicians. The attending is actively involved in the education of internal medicine residents at the University of Washington during inpatient months, and also has students from the medical school rotating through the outpatient practice.  

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.

  • Entering clinic notes in the EMR (Epic).

  • Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • Participate in Journal Club once per week.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

There may be opportunities to attend teaching conferences but this is at the discretion of the preceptor. Some students have had opportunities to write case reports. The availability of such opportunities is at the discretion of the preceptor. Students with an interest in writing case reports should indicate their interest early in the rotation. 


Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Endocrinology.


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.

See Where Our Students Applying to Internal Medicine Have Received Interviews or Matched

Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Roy Ziegelstein (Vice Dean for Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Former Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center) about How to Match Successfully in Internal Medicine



"This clinic provided me with wide array of endocrine, metabolic and diabetes conditions. The preceptor is fantastic and has a passion for teaching. This is the best rotation I have ever done (including medical school rotations). Whether or not one is interested in this field, the preceptor is a natural teacher and inspires her students to become familiar with managing diabetic and endocrine patients. I would recommend this rotation to all IMGs."

To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with Dr. Desai and his team