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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 preceptor has multiple locations but they are all easily accessible by mass transit. 


Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM to 2 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 holds a hospital appointment in the Advocate Aurora Health System. He has a long history of educating students and residents, and was formerly very involved in the education of internal medicine residents at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Although this is a combined outpatient/inpatient experience, most of your time will be spent in the preceptor's office. Once a week, you will accompany the preceptor to the hospital for rounds and GI procedures. 

This attending has a remarkable record of service to the community. He has a background in public health which has allowed him to improve population health and launch health screening programs. He is dedicated to impacting the health of underserved populations through efforts to reduce health disparities. Students who seek to make an impact on the profession beyond direct patient care will learn how a gastroenterologist can balance patient care with non-clinical activities. 

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.

Please also note that you will spend part of the time with the attending's nurse practitioner. This will not impact the quality of your letter of recommendation as you will be spending enough time with this very experienced attending, giving you the opportunity to earn a strong letter. 

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. 


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 the MD2B Connect team
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