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Monday – Friday 7:30 AM to 5 PM (please note that the physician’s schedule changes considerably from week to week as the doctor takes 24-hour call at the hospital on different days; you will be able to join the physician for these calls; therefore, your days may last longer on some days of the week). Occasionally, there may be hospital duty on a Saturday.

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: Tucson

This inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Tucson, Arizona. Most of the time will be spent in a hospital within a few miles of downtown Tucson. One to two times per week, you will be in the outpatient clinic located south of the city. Rotators will be responsible for arranging their own transportation.

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 serves as a faculty preceptor for osteopathic medical students from Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In the hospital, you will join the physician for surgical call. The physician is on call one to two times per week for a 24-hour period. During this time, the surgeon will be present in the hospital and available to handle the emergent and urgent surgical needs of patients coming to the emergency department. You will learn how to perform a focused and accurate history of new patients in the ED with acute surgical needs and develop a diagnostic plan.

The hospital component will also include time spent in the OR where you will observe the preceptor perform a range of surgeries. You will also be involved in the postoperative care of patients and learn how to recognize and manage common conditions such as fever, hypoxia, and confusion.

One half day per week, you will attend wound care clinic with the preceptor. This will be an important aspect of your experience as the prevalence of chronic wounds is significant in the U.S. population. There is substantial morbidity and mortality associated with many types of chronic wounds, and delayed or inappropriate care can lead to amputation; therefore, being skilled in the delivery of optimal wound care is important. Unfortunately, residents training in the U.S. often do not receive sufficient training in this area and this can lead to errors that have a significant impact on patient progress and healing. Your exposure to patients with chronic wounds in this clinic will allow you to determine the factors that have led to its development and develop a targeted plan to properly treat the wound. You will note that the care of these patients can be complex requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

You will also spend time in the physician’s outpatient clinic where you will assess patients referred to the preceptor for evaluation of surgical issues. You will also see patients for follow-up after surgery.

Through this experience, you will be exposed to several different EMRs, including NextGen in the office, WoundExpert in the wound clinic, and Cerner in the hospital.

During your experience, you will learn the following U.S. medical practices under the preceptor’s supervision:

  • Taking patient histories under supervision.

  • Performing exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Students can scrub in and go to the operating room.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing or entering notes in the EMR (NextGen EMR)

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

  • Educating patients under supervision.

  • 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 created an environment for learning, he would teach with every patient. There was so much experience to be gained from the rotation. Very hands-on which really was helpful in building confidence. Everyone at the clinic was kind and helpful. One-on-one patient interaction helped me work on my bedside manner which was one of the areas where I felt I was lacking.


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