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Monday – 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.

Location: Atlanta

This inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Atlanta, Georgia (approximately 30 miles east of downtown). The inpatient component will take place at a surgery center next to the outpatient clinic where you will be able to observe surgeries; one to two times per month, you may have the opportunity to go to the operating room at an Emory-affiliated hospital. Please note that the hospital is located approximately 25 miles from the outpatient practice. Rotators will be responsible for arranging their own transportation.

Combined Inpatient & Outpatient US Clinical Experience in General Surgery

What you will do:

This rotation split between the inpatient and outpatient settings will be under the supervision of a board-certified general surgeon with years of experience educating U.S. medical students as well as international medical students and graduates. The physician holds staff appointments at hospitals within the Emory, Northside, and Wellstar Health Systems.

The center in which the surgeon works is a teaching site for medical students from Morehouse School of Medicine and Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Learners rotating with this physician will also have the opportunity to spend time with colleagues in the practice who also have extensive experience training and teaching students.

This preceptor has received specialized training in advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery. Rotators will have the opportunity to see patients with a wide range of surgical problems, including diseases of the esophagus, stomach, and gallbladder, as well as patients referred to the center for surgical and nonsurgical weight management. Some of the minimally invasive surgeries this preceptor performs for weight loss include gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeves, and endo sleeves.

Learners will gain knowledge of how prospective bariatric surgery patients are evaluated from a medical, surgical, psychological, and nutritional standpoint, and how obesity and its associated conditions impact patients and their families. The knowledge that you gain from this clinical experience will help you build a stronger foundation for your future residency and practice. “Students need to be exposed to the problems of obesity and its comorbidities…so that the residents of tomorrow will have a base for understanding this major threat to the wellbeing of Americans,” writes Dr. H. David Reines, Professor of Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University. “To meet the future needs of the general surgeon, we need to train surgeons to care and operate in the fastest growing area of surgery – bariatric…Every resident, however, will need to know…how to care for the patient, what the metabolic preoperative and postoperative problems are, and most of all how to approach a bariatric patient who comes in for a problem related to surgery when no bariatric surgeon is around to give advice.”

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 under supervision.

  • Performing exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Navigating the EMR (Athena EMR).

  • Observing surgeries in the operating room.

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

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

Who should consider this rotation:

International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in general surgery.

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.


Dr. X is an amazing doctor. The biggest thing I learnt from him was patient interaction. Never seen patients loving their doctor so much. Truly the best to learn communication from! He is a great influence to students because he demonstrates how he keeps his patients above everything else. He also gives constructive feedback to his students and remembers details so well. He would always go out of the way to teach us and give the experience we need. He is also very understanding and cooperative when it comes to team work in the hospital, which is something that highly impressed me. It is unbelievable how he manages so much in a day. He also always made sure we learn about the patients we see and taught us how notes are typed
in the healthcare system. It was truly the best rotation I had in the US. Thank you so much for this!


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