chicago emergency medicine

outpatient externship

in emergency medicine

Specialty: Emergency Medicine

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 71

​Where will this rotation take place: This hands-on outpatient rotation will take place several miles south of downtown Chicago.

Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 AM to 7 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: You will be under the supervision of two board certified emergency medicine physicians who have hospital appointments at Northwestern Centegra Hospital. Please note that this rotation will not take place in the hospital but will take place at an urgent care center where patients with emergency medicine problems present for medical attention. 

Both of your emergency medicine preceptors have considerable experience educating students and residents. At Northwestern Centegra, they are involved in the education of internal medicine residents from Rosalind Franklin University. They have created a learning environment in which you will take a very active role in patient care. 


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. This is a hands-on clinical experience during which:​

  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic notes

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

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will teach other team members. 

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Please note that this is a purely clinical experience. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in emergency medicine. Those seeking careers in internal medicine or family medicine will also find this rotation useful since EM/urgent care issues and problems are commonly encountered in these specialties.


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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