chicago psychiatry

inpatient/OUTPATIENT EXternship IN psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry (This rotation is not available until September 2020)


​MD2B Connect Physician ID # 123

Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient and outpatient rotation will take place in Chicago, Illinois. Please note that there are two locations for this rotation, and they are 4 miles apart from one another. It typically takes 15-20 minutes to travel by car depending upon the traffic.  

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM


What you will do: You will be under the supervision of a psychiatrist who evaluates and manages the full spectrum of psychiatric disease. He is board-certified in the field through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After completing his residency in psychiatry, he completed fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. He holds staff appointments at St. Francis Hospital and Chicago Lakeshore Hospital. 


He has extensive experience educating international medical students and graduates. In a typical month, he usually has 4-5 learners at a time. He strives to create a collaborative environment in which team members can not only work well together but also learn from each other while delivering high quality care to patients with mental health illnesses.  Since psychiatric care is optimally delivered through a multidisciplinary approach, you will take part in multidisciplinary team meetings. 

You will see patients in the hospital and in his office. The typical day involves the care of inpatients from 9 AM to 2 PM followed by outpatient care.

Please note that this is not a shadowing observership. This is a hands-on clinical experience. After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care:

  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter progress notes.

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

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will deliver talks about important topics.

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals (social workers, therapists, case workers) to understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Who should consider this rotation: Internatonal medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in psychiatry. IMGs seeking careers in family medicine or internal medicine will find this rotation particularly useful since mental health problems are common in outpatient and inpatient practice. 

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.

Listen to Dr. Desai's Interview (Part 1 and 2) with Dhruv Gupta Who Recently Matched into Psychiatry:

Matching Into Psychiatry Part 1
Matching Into Psychiatry Part 2


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PO Box 701344

Plymouth, Michigan 48170


Tel: (248) 595-2638

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Last updated: January 10, 2020


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