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phoenix general


inpatient/OUTPATIENT US Clinical experience
IN General surgery

Specialty: General Surgery

MD2B Connect Physician ID # 229


Where will this rotation take place: This combined inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Phoenix. Students will split time between the preceptor's outpatient clinic and hospital. Of note, the clinic is located next to the hospital. 


Hours: Monday through Friday 8 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: You will be under the supervision of a board-certified general surgeon who has been practicing for approximately 40 years. The attending physician is actively involved in the education of international medical students and graduates, as well as U.S. medical students. The preceptor is a faculty member at a U.S. medical school, holding the title of Professor of Surgery. The attending holds a hospital appointment at Abrazo Health. 

During this rotation, you will split your time between the preceptor's clinic and operating room. You will be able to observe surgeries in the operating room at a hospital. Of note, the attending physician has cases in the operating room nearly every day.

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.

  • Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

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

  • Observing (scrub in) a variety of surgeries.

  • Have opportunities to teach other team members.

You will receive regular feedback on your performance.

This preceptor typically has 4-6 students at a time.

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.



"I wish I had more time here. The doctor is an amazing teacher and great surgeon. I had great OR exposure and numerous opportunities to scrub-in and suture. She has great bedside manners and I was touched by how she treats her patients. She is truly an expert in what she does, she makes the operation look so simple. Additionally I was amazed at the pain-free surgical outcome of her patients. As an aspiring surgeon, I really respect the doctor and she inspired me in many ways."

To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with Dr. Desai and his team