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Monday to Friday 6:30 AM to mid-afternoon

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.

Location: Dallas

You will be rotating through a practice within 10 miles of downtown Dallas. This rotation is currently unavailable through December 2024.

Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Dermatopathology

What you will do:

You will work directly with a physician who is a board-certified dermatopathologist. This physician is a distinguished educator, mentor, and leader, and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School as Clinical Professor. The attending is involved in the education of residents at multiple medical schools, including UT Southwestern, Baylor College of Medicine, and McGovern Medical School, among others.

This is a high-volume practice that evaluates hundreds of biopsy specimens per day. You will evaluate slides prepared from biopsy specimens in patients with a wide variety of diseases with the attending physician using a multi-headed microscope. Periodically, the professor will point out key features and stop to discuss interesting or unusual findings. The goals of the rotation are to initially recognize the normal histology of the skin and develop confidence in naming and identifying the structures of the skin, including the layers that make up the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis, the different cell types, and skin appendages.

With time, instruction, and independent reading and review, you will gain experience in differentiating normal from abnormal, developing differential diagnoses, and interpreting slides in the context of the patient's clinical presentation. Rotators will also learn how dermatopathologists use the full suite of diagnostic tools to make diagnoses, including morphology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, and molecular techniques.

The professor has developed an extensive series of lectures and videos that students can use as self-study materials during the rotation to solidify the learning that comes from the numerous cases encountered on a daily basis.

Rotators may have the opportunity to attend academic lectures and meetings such as Grand Rounds at UT Southwestern Medical School.

This physician is very much involved in clinical research. So, for the motivated IMG, there may be opportunities to get involved. Please note that the availability of such experiences will be at the discretion of the attending. Rotators with an interest in research should discuss this with the attending early in the rotation.

Who should consider this rotation:

International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in pathology or dermatology should consider this rotation.

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.


The rotation is very helpful and gives a good overview of dermatopathology. You get a glimpse of how to process the specimen but most of the time is spent on the scope as the preceptor reads slides. Thus, you get to be exposed on common and uncommon diseases of the skin. He is kind and open to any questions during the read or after in his office.


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