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inpatient/OUTPATIENT EXternship IN psychiatry

Specialty: Psychiatry

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 169

Where will this rotation take place: This inpatient and outpatient hands-on rotation will take place in Chicago. Please note that the preceptor has two offices that are approximately twenty 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 care under supervision (please note that this will not be a shadowing observership experience; you will be actively involved in patient care):​

  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write notes (no EMR).

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

  • You will educate patients.

  • You will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals.

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. 

Please note that there are typically 4-5 students at a time. However, during peak periods, 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 hands-on patient care experience in psychiatry.  

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.


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

- Tiffany

"The doctor and his rotation had multiple strengths. I loved how he constantly engages students in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. His rotation was very comprehensive which included outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, outpatient neurology, intensive outpatient program/partial hospitalization program, inpatient adolescent psychiatry, and even jail psychiatry! There were many elements expected of a teaching site such as weekly didactics, quizzes, and evidence-based medicine. He provided real-time constructive feedback, especially when it came to interviewing patients in the hospital. He was always providing useful and interesting nuggets of information. He constantly provided opportunities to write papers on interesting cases – which is a rare gem. A very brilliant man to say the least."

- Alisa

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