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SELECT YOUR ROTATION OF INTEREST

We have multiple psychiatry rotations in Chicago.

Please click on your rotation of interest below to learn more about the rotation

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chicago psychiatry # 1

inpatient/OUTPATIENT US Clinical Experience
IN psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 169

Where will this rotation take place: This inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Chicago. Please note that the preceptor clinic and hospital are approximately twenty-seven miles apart. You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation to these locations. 

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 AM to 7 PM (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri at one location; Wednesday at the other location)

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 physician who is board-certified in seven specialties and subspecialties including neurology, psychiatry, brain injury medicine, behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, pain medicine, addiction psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. For 25 years, this physician served as a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Rush University Medical College. This preceptor is currently an attending physician at the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital.

During a distinguished career, this preceptor has published over 300 articles in such journals as JAMA, Neurology, Archives of Neurology, and Headache. This preceptor has also served as a reviewer for multiple academic journals, including JAMA, Neurology, Journal of the Neurological Sciences and the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.  Of note, this physician is an inventor who has been named on 25 patents in multiple countries. 

This attending has educated hundreds of medical students throughout the course of a very long career and believes in having students take an active role in patient care. Your morning will typically begin with a one-hour didactic given by the preceptor on a topic or journal article followed by new patient evaluations and follow-ups during the rest of the day.

Please note that the case mix is 80% psychiatry and 20% neurology. Among the conditions you will encounter in the practice (please note that this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Tremor

  • Unstable gait

  • ADHD

  • Memory impairment

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • Headache

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Schizophrenia

  • Substance abuse

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 notes (no EMR).

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

  • Educating patients.

  • Gaining an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals.

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

Please note that there are typically 4-5 students at a time. However, during peak periods (Apr-Aug), there may be up to 10 students. 

Please note that students rotating through this practice may have opportunities to take part in research projects such as case reports and other articles. If you are interested, please let the preceptor know as early as possible. The availability of these projects is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the preceptor. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in psychiatry.  

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.

TESTIMONIALS

Tiffany

"Extremely knowledgeable and updated on literature. Kind and warm when providing feedback and always provides a safe space for learning and making mistakes."

Chicago Psychiatry #1
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chicago psychiatry # 2

OUTPATIENT US Clinical Experience
IN psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 238

Where will this rotation take place: This outpatient US clinical experience will take place 90 miles northwest of Chicago in Wisconsin. 

Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9 AM to 5 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 physician who is board-certified in psychiatry. As Adjunct Faculty at the Mercy Health Janesville Family Medicine Residency Program, he has residents from the program rotating through his outpatient practice. He is dedicated to education, and is the recipient of a teaching award from the residency program for restructuring its behavioral health curriculum. 

In this practice, you will encounter patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, among other conditions. Although he sees a largely adult population, some children as seen as well. Approximately 10 patients are seen per day, mostly in-person appointments with a small percentage of telehealth. The focus of his treatment is on medication management so this will be an excellent opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the different medications used to treat mental illness. Following each encounter, there will be in-depth discussion of the patient.

Please note that this preceptor is invested in helping his students succeed. Assuming that the student performs well, he is open to connecting the student with residency programs to which he has ties. For example, he lectures every month to the residents at Mercy Health in Janesville. Students rotating with him will accompany him to the hospital where they may have the chance to meet the Program Director and Chief Resident of the family medicine residency program.

After a few days of observation, you will learn the following under the preceptor’s supervision:​

  • Interviewing patients (in the presence of the preceptor).

  • Writing simulated written notes (no EMR) for preceptor review.

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

  • Delivering talks about important topics or issues in the specialty.

  • Gaining an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in family medicine or psychiatry.  

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.

Chicago Psychiatry # 2

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