chicago Gastroenterology

inpatient/outpatient US Clinical Experience
in gastroenterology

Specialty: Gastroenterology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 56

Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Chicago, Illinois. This rotation is also available as a tele-rotation or telemedicine rotation. For more information, please visit our tele-rotation page. Please note that this rotation is not available until October 2022.


Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 AM to 6 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 a board-certified gastroenterologist. He is actively involved in the education of internal medicine residents at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He holds hospital appointments at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. Although this is a combined outpatient/inpatient experience, most of your time will be spent in the preceptor's office. Several times a month, you will accompany the preceptor to the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for rounds. 


After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient encounters and learn the following under the preceptor’s supervision:​

  • Taking patient histories.

  • Performing exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing or entering clinic notes

  • Researching the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • Educating patients.

  • Giving talks about topics in medicine. 

  • Teaching other team members. 

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

The activities above will mostly take place in the outpatient setting. As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

IMGs will have opportunities to attend two Tumor Board Conferences per week at the hospital. 

Although this position will largely be clinical, there may be opportunities to participate in projects in the preceptor's office. Since this preceptor has his own colon cancer advocacy program, projects may be available to support this program. The exact nature of the project, if available, will be at the discretion of the preceptor. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in gastroenterology. Those seeking to pursue a career in family medicine, internal medicine, or general surgery will also find this experience useful as GI problems are common in these specialties. IMGs unable to take part in the hands-on rotation should consider this experience as it is also available as a telemedicine rotation. 


How to obtain a letter of recommendation: The rotator should ask the preceptor for a LOR near the conclusion of the rotation. Dr. Desai has provided the physician with guidelines about best practices in letter writing that meet residency program requirements. 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.

See Where Our Students Applying to Internal Medicine Have Received Interviews or Matched

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



"He was a very kind doctor who respects other people’s culture. He always prioritized professionalism in the hospital or outpatient private clinic. I was able to perform history taking on various cases of patients in the outpatient clinic, and come up with suggested assessment and plan. I was abel to participate in weekly academic presentation in the hospital with residents and attendings (basic EKG, patient safety). I also took part in weekend rounds in the hospital, analyzing patient's chart from the first to the current situation, present the case to the attending." 

To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with Dr. Desai and his team