los angeles general

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We have multiple general surgery rotations in Los Angeles.

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

los angeles general surgery #1

 

inpatient/OUTPATIENT US clinical experience
IN General surgery

Specialty: General Surgery

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 3

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Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Anaheim, Huntington Beach, and Foothill Ranch. Please note that transportation will be needed to travel from location to location, either your own or via Uber/Lyft.

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Hours: Monday 7 AM to 7 PM; Tuesday 5:30 AM to 7 PM; Wednesday 7 AM to 7 PM; Thursday 5:30 AM to 7 PM; Friday 7 AM to 7 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 board-certified general surgeon who has been practicing for approximately 20 years. He went to medical school and completed his residency training in general surgery in the Midwest before establishing his practice in California. While training, he was named "Resident of the Year" and received recognition for the quality of his research. He has continued this level of excellence as a general surgeon in practice, and is well regarded among his peers and colleagues. He holds staff appointments at the following hospitals:

  • Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center

  • South Coast Global Medical Center

  • Anaheim Global Medical Center

  • Chapman Global Medical Center

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 (please note that this experience remains within the regulations of California pertaining to the unlicensed practice of medicine. Externs will not be practicing medicine but will be learning under the guidance of the physician preceptor):

  • Taking patient histories under supervision.

  • Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing or entering clinic progress notes under supervision.

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

  • Educating patients under supervision.

  • Observing a variety of surgeries.

  • Delivering talks about important topics.

  • Have opportunities to teach other team members.

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

You will also work on a variety of projects to improve the physician's practice. This may include creation of patient care handouts, an orientation manual for future students who will rotate in the clinic, and quality improvement projects. You will also have an opportunity to present patients at Grand Rounds. The exact nature of the project will be determined by you and your preceptor.

 

As an example of the type of project you may be involved in, this surgeon performs radiofrequency ablation of Barrett's esophagus lesions. He has noted that many patients have poor compliance with follow-up which poses a danger to their health. He would like to study the reasons for their noncompliance, and identify ways to improve compliance. 

This will be an excellent opportunity to gain valuable skills in patient care while taking part in non-patient care related activities that will strengthen your CV for residency.   

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience. IMGs seeking careers in surgery will find this rotation particularly useful. 

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.

los angeles general surgery #2

 

TESTIMONIALS

Sean

"The doctor is a very knowledgeable, skillful, enthusiastic and caring surgeon. Besides great clinical skills, he has wonderful interpersonal skills to maintain close relationships with patients, colleagues, and people working with him. By working with the doctor as an international, I have learnt a lot beyond the textbooks, and my mind of understanding surgical practice in the US is greatly opened up."

Inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience
in
General surgery

Specialty: General Surgery

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 65

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Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience will take place in the physician's outpatient practice as well as several hospitals in the Los Angeles area. Transportation will be required, either your own or Uber/Lyft.​ Please note that this rotation is currently not available. 

Hours: Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM (please note that OR cases may extend into the evening hours; IMGs have the option of staying late for these cases). Emergency cases may also occur, and IMGs have the option of observing these cases as well).

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 board-certified surgeon specializing in surgical oncology. After completing his residency training in the Midwest, he was accepted into the prestigious surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the NIH, and has served on multiple NIH panels. 

He is widely considered an expert in minimally invasive general surgery, and has been recognized for his contributions in surgical care, education, and cancer research. He has been named a Super Doctor and Top Doctor for Cancer Care. As a former program director of surgical oncology, he has trained dozens of surgeons over a period of many years. He is actively involved in the education of surgical residents at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He currently holds the title of Clinical Professor of Surgery. He has hospital privileges and appointments at the following:​

  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center

  • Providence Saint Johns Medical Center

  • Southern California Hospital

  • St. Vincent's Medical Center

  • Saint Francis Medical Center

In addition to seeing patients in the surgeon's office, you will also be present in the operating room at several hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. 

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:​

  • Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

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

  • Observing a variety of surgeries.

  • Delivering talks about important topics.

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

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

You will receive regular feedback on your performance. 

You may also work on projects to improve the physician's practice. This may include the writing of case reports, participation in ongoing research projects, and development of the practice newsletter. The exact nature of the project, if available, will be determined by you and your preceptor.

 

IMGs may have opportunities to attend conferences, including Grand Rounds and Morbidity and Mortality Conference, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

 

Who should consider this rotation: International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking careers in surgery will find this rotation particularly useful. 

​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

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