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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.
The hands-on inpatient and outpatient experience will take place approximately 60 miles from downtown Austin.
Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in General Surgery
What you will do:
This is an inpatient and outpatient rural general surgery experience during which you will be under the supervision of a board-certified general surgeon. In the 1990s, over 25% of rural general surgeons in the U.S. were international medical graduates. Today, IMGs continue to play an important role in providing surgical care to rural populations.
According to the American College of Surgeons, there are 15 general surgery residency programs that have a special focus or track related to rural surgery:
Rotators will spend most of their time in the operating room scrubbed in with the surgeon or the surgeon's colleagues. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the cases will be focused on general surgery and will include breast surgery (biopsy, mastectomy, lumpectomy), cholecystectomy, appendectomy, hernia repair, excision of larger masses, and other procedures. On Mondays and Wednesdays, there will be opportunities to scrub into orthopedic cases (total shoulder, hip, knee replacement; knee/shoulder arthroscopy, fractures). Friday mornings will be spent in the OR performing endoscopies.
When you are not in the operating room, you will be in the outpatient clinic. At times, you will be able to observe procedures in the office, including biopsies and excisions. Patients will also be seen for initial consultations and follow-up visits. Of note, many patients will be seen for wound care.
The attending recommends that students read about the next day's cases to make the most of the learning opportunity in the operating room. Per the attending, a useful resource is Surgical Recall.
After a few days of observation, you will take on an increasing role in patient care (please note that this is not a shadowing observership; you will be actively involved in patient care). This includes the following:
Taking patient histories.
Performing physical exams under the physician's supervision.
Spending time in the operating room (per hospital policy, rotators are permitted to scrub in).
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.
Fantastic opportunity to get surgical experience in the US as an IMG. Amazing OR atmosphere and team members. Everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful. There is an incredible amount of freedom. I was introduced to patients as a doctor by Dr. X, which immediately makes it easier to develop a rapport with patients. The doctor is incredibly patient and very willing to teach and give opportunities to perform procedures (sutures, ties, skin sutures, staples, colonoscopies, etc.). The doctor pretty much gives an opportunity to perform anything that is observed.