washington dc endocrinology

OUTPATIENT EXternship IN endocrinology

Specialty: Endocrinology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 87


Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on rotation will take place in Washington, DC.


Hours: Monday - Friday 8 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: This is an outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a highly regarded physician educator who is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. He has trained at such institutions as Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, and University of Michigan. He has over three decades of experience educating medical students, international medical graduates, and residents. 

He has been voted as a Top Doctor in Washington DC on multiple occasions. He is also the recipient of multiple teaching awards given by residents and faculty. 

As an IMG physician, he is well aware of the challenges involved in securing residency positions in the U.S., and is motivated to provide high quality rotation experiences so that that IMGs can develop important clinical skills. In his office, you will encounter patients with diabetes, thyroid disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, and other endocrine disorders. 

A typical day will involve patient care from 8 AM to 3 PM. From 3 PM to 5 PM, you will be involved in reviewing all cases seen that day with the preceptor. This will allow you to better understand the rationale behind treatment decisions, and allow the preceptor to review your written notes. 


After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this not a shadowing observership; you will be actively involved in patient care). This includes the following:​

  • You will take patient histories.

  • You will perform physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic progress notes.

  • You will have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • You will be involved in patient education.

  • You will teach other team members.

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

The preceptor does encounter from time to time some unusual cases. For the motivated IMG, there may be opportunities to write case reports of these cases.


Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Endocrinology.

​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. 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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