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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.

Location: Chicago

This inpatient and outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Chicago (approximately 40 miles south of downtown).

Inpatient/Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Orthopedic Surgery

What you will do:

You will be under the supervision of a physician who is board-certified in orthopedic surgery. Following residency training, this physician completed fellowship training in spine surgery. This preceptor is currently on staff in the Methodist Hospital System as well as several other hospitals.

Rotators will see a wide range of presenting symptoms, including back, neck, hip, knee, ankle, hip, and elbow pain. Therefore, this will be an excellent opportunity to gain proficiency in the evaluation of these common orthopedic complaints, form diagnoses, and work with the preceptor to establish treatment plans. To make the most of your learning opportunities, we recommend that you read the following primer written by Dr. Laurence Dahners. This is an excellent guide to ensure you have covered the core concepts in orthopedic surgery.

Orthopedic Clerkship: Mini-Text

Learners will also be able to observer surgeries in the hospital and the surgery center. Procedures that may be performed include arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, joint replacement (e.g., shoulder, knee, hip), lumbar and cervical fusion, arthroscopic knee surgery, meniscus surgery, and ACL reconstruction. Facet, epidural, and joint injections are also performed. Given the preceptor’s expertise in minimally invasive techniques, rotators will also be exposed to cutting-edge and innovative techniques.

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

  • Taking patient histories.

  • Performing exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing or entering clinic notes (IMS EMR)

  • Observing procedures and surgeries in the operating room.

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

  • Educating patients.

  • Teaching other team members.

  • Understanding roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals

The activities above will mostly take place in the outpatient setting. As a result of hospital policies, inpatient activities will be more observational. Please note that hospital policies do not allow rotators to scrub in.

Who should consider this rotation:

International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in orthopedic surgery or sports medicine.

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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