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

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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