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We have multiple general surgery rotations in Los Angeles.

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los angeles general surgery #1

 

inpatient/OUTPATIENT observership

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 rotation 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 care under physician 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):

  • You will take patient histories under supervision.

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

  • You will present patients.

  • You will write or enter clinic progress notes under supervision.

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

  • You will educate patients under supervision.

  • You will observe a variety of surgeries.

  • You will deliver talks about important topics.

  • You will have opportunities to teach other team members.

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 patient care experience. IMGs seeking careers in surgery will find this rotation particularly useful. 

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.

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 #1

TESTIMONIALS


"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." - Sean "The doctor is the first surgeon that I got to know that is extremely polite, respectful and that genuinely worries and takes care of every single patients of his. He’s a great mentor and an excellent teacher. His positive attitude affects everyone around him and the days pass by quickly. It was really an unforgettable experience to be close to the doctor. Once again thanks for this incredible opportunity, and for all the help that you guys gave me." - Maria





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los angeles general surgery #2

 

Inpatient/outpatient observership 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 rotation 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 care under physician supervision:

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

  • You will present patients.

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

  • You will observe a variety of surgeries.

  • You will deliver talks about important topics.

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

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. 

​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.

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


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