chicago Gastroenterology

inpatient/outpatient externship

in gastroenterology

Specialty: Gastroenterology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 56

Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient and outpatient hands-on rotation 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.


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. 


You will see patients in his office. 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 where:​

  • 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 give talks about topics in medicine. 

  • You will teach other team members. 

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

As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational. The hands-on component of this rotation will mostly take place in the outpatient setting.

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 hands-on patient care 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. 


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. Please note that the letter will be written on hospital letterhead if requested by the student. 

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." - Kevin "The doctor is very approachable. I felt welcomed and the whole rotation was very pleasant. He has given me a lot of opportunities to learn. I participate in seeing patients, reading their notes, and also attend many different kinds of meetings. He has given me opportunities to present cases, which is also very helpful." - Yue

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