detroit vascular surgery

Inpatient/outpatient externship in vascular surgery

Specialty: Vascular Surgery

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 180


Where will the rotation take place: The hands-on inpatient and outpatient experience will take place  approximately 100 miles north of dowtown Detroit.  

Hours: Monday 9 AM to 5 PM (outpatient); Tuesday 9 AM to 5 PM (outpatient); Wednesday 9 AM to 5 PM (Surgery Center); Thursday and Friday (inpatient). A car will be needed for this rotation.

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 inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in general surgery and vascular surgery. He is on staff at Covenant HealthCare, Ascension St. Mary's Hospital, and McLaren Bay Region Hospital. He is involved in the education of internal medicine residents from Central Michigan University and teaches vascular medicine to these trainees. This preceptor is an international medical graduate and very familiar with the challenges that IMGs face in reaching their professional goals. The preceptor enjoys mentoring others, and has spoken and written about how IMGs can be successful. ​

Two days of the week will be spent in the physician's office​ (please note that there are several offices) where you will encounter patients with a wide variety of vascular disease. You will be involved in the evaluation and management of these patients. One day of the week will be spent in the surgery center. Two days of the week will be spent in the hospital observing surgeries. The surgical case mix involves treatment of conditions using both minimally invasive endovascular and traditional open procedures. 

After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this is not a shadowing observership; you will be actively involved in patient care). 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 or enter progress notes. 

  • You will have opportunities to educate patients.

  • You will scrub in and observe surgeries.

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

  • You will deliver talks to the team.

  • You will spend time with other healthcare professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

There may be opportunities to participate in scholarly activity such as case reports or short-term projects. Please note that the availability of the project is at the discretion of the preceptor. Students interested in taking part in projects should let the preceptor know early in the rotation. 


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

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.

"The doctor is a skillful vascular surgeon with high work ethic, professionalism, and patient empathy. He is always willing to help, provide new ideas of career improvement and life success. This rotation is good for students who want to pursue surgical or vascular surgery residency."


"Great possibility to understand, introduce yourself and see US vascular surgery. I would definitely recommend this rotation for future vascular surgeons as it provides full aspect of surgeon`s everyday work. This rotation is even better than I was expecting, it included patient examinations, observing surgeries, being on call with preceptor, learning documentation and organization of vascular service in US."




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