washington dc pulmonology

inpatient/OUTPATIENT EXternship IN pulmonology

Specialty: Pulmonology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 97


Where will the rotation take place: This hands-on rotation will take place in Washington, DC. Please note that the distance between the physician's office and the hospital is approximately 4 miles. You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation. ​Please note that this rotation is not available until 2022.

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 4 PM (outpatient); inpatient component may take place before or after office hours (approximately 10 hours per week)

What you will do: This is a combined inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a physician who is board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Howard University where she was named chief resident. Following fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine, she established a practice in Washington D.C. and has been delivering high quality care for several decades. She holds hospital privileges at Washington Adventist Hospital. For years, she has been actively involved in the education of international medical students. 

The inpatient component of this rotation will take place either before or after clinic. In the hospital, you will see new patient consultations with the preceptor and perform follow-up of established patients. 

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 under supervision.

  • You will examine patients under supervision.

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic or progress notes.

  • You will observe pulmonary procedures including bronchoscopy and PFTs

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

  • You will educate the patient. 

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

​Please note that this is largely a clinical experience. However, for the motivated learner, there may be opportunities to participate in a project to improve the practice. These opportunities, if available, will be at the discretion of the preceptor. 

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


​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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"In this rotation, attending and student always see the patient together. Through all the steps including interview, physical exam, assessment and plan. You could learn how to communicate with patients, other medical professionals, and provider." - Cam

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