washington dc hematology & oncology

OUTPATIENT EXternship IN hematology & oncology

Specialty: Hematology & Oncology 

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 90​​

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

Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 4 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 Hematology & Oncology.  He received fellowship training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle as well as the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute. 


He is the Department Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Providence Hospital. He is excited about teaching IMGs as he was fortunate as an IMG physician himself to have excellent teachers. He is dedicated to providing IMGs rotating through his practice a highly educational experience. 

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 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 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 Hematology & Oncology. 

​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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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

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"The doctor is an incredibly personal, warm, and respectful with all of his patients. He spends a great deal of time with every patient, teaches and educates them as he performs the H&P, empathizes with the patient's concerns, and really builds a strong physician-patient rapport with excellent bedside manner...This most definitely has been an excellent externship and one of my favorites. The doctor and his team really make you feel at home. He has gotten to know me at a personal level, genuinely shows you that he cares, and wants you to excel with all your future endeavors. The multitude and variety of cases and clinical encounters I was exposed to never left me bored." - Sapana "The doctor was an excellent preceptor. He was very interested in helping me learn and improve my clinical skills. He allowed me to interview patients independently, complete physical exams, and write SOAP notes. This was all excellent practice and training before residency. I am very happy MD2B placed me with him and would recommend his primary care clinic for future externs." - Mifrah

"The doctor is a very experienced physician who provides excellent care to his patients. He is always very meticulous with every aspect of their treatment and manages to be sensitive and supportive all the time along their struggle. He likes to teach at every opportunity. He is a perfect role model for young doctors who want to work in this challenging field of medicine."

- Sidika




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