chicago rheumatology

outpatient externship in rheumatology

Specialty: Rheumatology

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 122


Where will the rotation take place: The hands-on outpatient experience will take place 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. 

Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM

What you will do: This is an outpatient 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 care. Therefore, this is not a shadowing observership but rather a hands-on clinical experience. This includes the following:​​

  • You will take patient histories.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write progress notes. 

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

  • You will be involved in patient education.

  • You will spend 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 interestedf. 


​Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking hands-on patient care experience in Rheumatology.   ​

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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Last updated: January 10, 2020


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