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Monday Noon to 4:30 PM; Tuesday - Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (of note, Tuesdays will be with nurse practitioner; Thursday mornings will be in outpatient surgery center)

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 outpatient US clinical experience will take place in Chicago (approximately 40 miles south of downtown). The outpatient surgery center is approximately 3 miles from the outpatient clinic.

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 and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. This is an accomplished orthopedic surgeon who is known for commitment to delivering high-quality care. The physician has a background in sports medicine and has served as team physician for multiple sports programs. The doctor performs a wide range of surgeries, including knee/hip replacement, shoulder reconstruction, and carpal tunnel release, among other procedures.

The preceptor is especially proud of the relationships he has built with his patients and has created a practice in which the entire care team is dedicated to providing personalized care. The doctor believes in listening to patients, understanding their condition and its impact on their lives, and treating everyone with respect. The physician considers it an honor to be a role model to students, enjoys mentoring aspiring physicians, and has a passion to serve as an advocate for women and minorities who seek to enter the specialty.

Rotators will spend most of their time in the outpatient clinic with typically one half day per week in the outpatient surgery center where they will observe surgeries. Once a week, there will be a didactic session during which the team will discuss important topics related to patients that have been seen. 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

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:

  • Taking patient histories.

  • Performing exams under the physician's supervision.

  • Presenting patients.

  • Writing or entering clinic notes (eClinicalWorks)

  • 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

Please note that surgery center 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.


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