washington dc gastronterology

OUTPATIENT EXternship IN gastroenterology

Specialty: Gastroenterology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 89


Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on rotation will take place in Washington, DC. Please note this rotation involves time spent at three different locations. Therefore, transportation will be needed (either your own or via Uber or Lyft).​

Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Thursday off)

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 Gastroenterology. He is the former Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Providence Hospital. In that role, he was heavily involved in the education of medical students, international medical graduates, and residents. He remains passionate about educating future doctors, and is excited to offer an opportunity through his gastroenterology practice. He holds hospital privileges at the University of Maryland Prince Georges Hospital.

In his practice, he sees the full spectrum of gastrointestinal disorders and offers the latest in medical and procedural interventions. Among the procedures he performs include upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, ERCP, PEG, ad esophageal pH monitoring. 

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


  • You will take patient histories.

  • You will examine patients under supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will help 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 observe GI procedures. 

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 


There may be opportunities to take part in projects to improve the physician's practice. Examples include developing patient handouts, creating informational pages for the practice website, and writing case reports of interesting patients. Please note that the availability of these projects is at the discretion of the preceptor. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on clinical experience in Internal Medicine or Gastroenterology. 


​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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"You will learn a lot from the attending doctor at the same time. In the outpatient day, you have opportunities to interview patients, write note, and learn to form differential diagnosis, assessments and plans. In a typical day you will interview 6-7 new patients and take care of their charts. For the procedures days, you will learn the pre and post procedure care...Attending doctor will introduce you to anesthesiologist/anesthetist, administration staff and nurses to make you to get familiar with whole process of procedures. You will eventually have opportunity to assist in the procedure room, including doing biopsies for pathology. I felt very fortunate to have the doctor to be my mentor. He is knowledgeable, skillful, and detail oriented. I learned a lot about how to manage cases as well as to build a constructive doctor-patient relationship. He has warm, jovial, and empathetic personality with great sense of humor. I had a lot of fun to work with him. His support staff is comprised of true professionals. His medical assistant Kelly always help you with all kind of questions. She is experienced with working with medical externs and know the needs." - Cam "The doctor has a good sense of humor. He explains the subject in a systematic way, as to remember forever and helps to think independently. He is a good listener and wide smiles on the patients’ faces shows his good relationship with them. He explains the procedure and treatment in a very detailed manner with much patience." - Pavani

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Last updated: January 10, 2020


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