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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 at three locations - clinic, surgery center, and hospital. These sites are approximately 40 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles in Orange County. 

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

During your experience, you will learn the following U.S. medical practices under the preceptor’s supervision (please note that this experience remains within the regulations of California pertaining to the unlicensed practice of medicine):

  • 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 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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