Children Meditating

washington, d.c. pediatrics

inpatient/outpatient externship 

in pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 189

Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient and outpatient hands-on rotation will take place approximately 10 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. Because of limited hospital access due to COVID, rotators can currently expect to visit the hospital once or twice over the period of four weeks. 


Hours: Monday - Wednesday 9 AM to 2:30 PM; Friday 9 AM - 2:30 PM (hours currently during the COVID pandemic with plans to increase hours with time)

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 a hands-on clinical experience during which you will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in pediatrics. This physician is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and is actively involved in the education of students from the medical school. The physician is on staff at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Virginia Medical Center.

This physician will make it a point to observe your carefully as you perform different aspects of the patient encounter, including the history and exam. Opportunities to present patients that you have seen, and document the findings in the written chart will also be made available to the rotator. You will be asked to offer your assessment and plan. After discussion of the plan with the preceptor, you may have the opportunity to explain the treatment to the family. 

You will also have the opportunity to provide anticipatory guidance to children and their families. Anticipatory guidance involves preparing families for what will happen next in the development of their child. It includes such topics as healthy habits, injury and illness prevention, social development, and nutrition among others. The anticipatory guidance that you will learn how to give will depend upon the age of the child, and will be personalized to the child and the family's circumstances.

Approximately 2-4 times throughout the four-week rotation, you will accompany the preceptor to the hospital for newborn nursery rounds. Please note that the frequency of these hospital visits will depend upon if and when the preceptor has patients there to be seen. 

In between your clinic days, you will be given reading assignments. Please note that this preceptor is a strong proponent of giving feedback as it is essential to your professional growth. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care. You will do the following under supervision:

  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will help write or enter clinic notes (written notes)

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

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will give two topic presentations over the four-week period (PowerPoint). 

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals in the office and the hospital.

Please note that this experience is largely clinical. However, if you have an interest in taking part in a project, please let the preceptor know as soon as possible. There may be opportunities to take part in projects that the preceptor participates in to satisfy the American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification requirements in such areas as asthma, obesity, and autism. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in pediatrics.

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.

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.

Read Dr. Desai's Interview with Dr. Su-Ting Li (Associate Vice Chair for Education and Program Director of the Pediatrics Residency Program at UC Davis) about How to Match Successfully in Pediatrics

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