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Monday - Friday 9 AM to 3 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: Houston

The hands-on inpatient and outpatient experience will take place in southeast Houston in a suburb approximately 20 miles from downtown.

Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in General Surgery

What you will do:

This is an inpatient and outpatient experience during which you will be under the supervision of a  board-certified general surgeon. The physician is on staff at multiple hospitals in the HCA Houston Healthcare System and is a member of the American College of Surgeons. The preceptor is known for not only surgical skills but also for having a warm bedside manner. The attending has published research in several journals, including Journal of Surgical ResearchJournal of Surgical Education, and Journal of Surgical Oncology.

Part of every day will be spent in the outpatient practice where you will be actively involved in patient care. You will assist the physician in taking histories and refine your skills in case presentation. Among the conditions you may encounter include colorectal disease, hernias, hemorrhoids, appendicitis, as well as many others.

There will be opportunities to accompany the preceptor to the hospital. Please note that the operating room will be available for your observation during two weeks of the four-week rotation. During the time spent in the operating room, hospital policy dictates that you observe the surgeries (you will not scrub in). Most of the surgeries that are performed are laparoscopic.

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

  • Taking patient histories.

  • Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Have opportunities to research the literature to answer clinical questions at the point of care.

  • 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.

Who should consider this rotation:

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