chicago rheumatology

outpatient US Clinical Experience
in rheumatology

Specialty: Rheumatology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 122


Where will the rotation take place: The outpatient US clinical experience will take place 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. 

Hours: Monday - Thursday 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: This is an outpatient US clincial experience during which you will be under the supervision of a  board certified rheumatologist. He holds hospital privileges at Northwest Community Hospital, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center, and AMITA Health Holy Family Medical Center. Following his internal medicine residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital, he completed a rheumatology fellowship in Chicago.

While training as a fellow, he was involved in numerous research studies, and had opportunities to present his work at national and international meetings. He has considerable experience in evaluating and managing patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and osteoporosis. He is also adept at performing joint procedures. The practice has an onsite x-ray machine, MRI, DEXA, and ultrasound. 

The preceptor would like to share the following with those who are considering this rotation:

It will be a good experience for IMGs to have direct exposure to rheumatology as subspecialty and see interesting patients with variety of autoimmune diseases that otherwise not commonly experienced in an internist’s office.

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.

  • Peforming physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing progress notes. 

  • Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • Being involved in patient education.

  • Spending time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

Although this is largely a clinical experience, there may be opportunities to participate in projects. Examples include creation of patient education handouts and writing case reports. Please note that the availability of the project is at the discretion of the preceptor. Please discuss directly with the preceptor if interested. 


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

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.

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