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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.

Location: Los Angeles

This combined inpatient/outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Anaheim, Huntington Beach, and Foothill Ranch.  A vehicle is needed to travel to the multiple locations.

Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in General Surgery

What you will do:

You will be under the supervision of a board-certified general surgeon who has been practicing for approximately 20 years. The preceptor went to medical school and completed residency training in general surgery in the Midwest before establishing a practice in California. While training, the doctor was named "Resident of the Year" and received recognition for the quality of research performed. The doctor has continued this level of excellence as a general surgeon in practice, and is well regarded among peers and colleagues. The doctor 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 encounters and learn the following under the preceptor’s 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):

  • Taking patient histories under supervision.

  • Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing or entering clinic progress notes under supervision.

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

  • Educating patients under supervision.

  • Observing a variety of surgeries in the operating room (per hospital policy, rotators are permitted to scrub in at the ambulatory surgical center but not the hospital).

  • Delivering talks about important topics.

  • Have opportunities to teach other team members.

The activities above will mostly take place in the outpatient setting. As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational.

You may also have the opportunity to work on a research project. Interested rotators are encouraged to discuss this possibility with the preceptor early in the clinical experience. The availability of such opportunities is at the discretion of the preceptor. 

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.


Dr. X is an amazing preceptor and doctor. He has a friendly personality that made me feel very comfortable when I’m working with him. One important point is about the way he works, Dr. X efficiency and sense organization is contagious we saw a large number of patients in his office, and he treat each one of them politely and friendly. As a preceptor he let me follow him in every facility he went, I felt literally as his shadow during all the rotation, and it makes me feel really involved in the process of patient care.


To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with the MD2B Connect team
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