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Published on June 23, 2006

Mohabbat Chooses His Hometown Hospital for Externship

June 23, 2006

Dr. Roger Maillefer goes over a patient chart with medical student Arya Mohabbat of DeKalb, who is doing a summer externship at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Dr. Roger Maillefer goes over a
patient chart with medical
student Arya Mohabbat of
DeKalb, who is doing a summer
externship at Kishwaukee
Community Hospital.

Dr. Roger Maillefer goes over a patient chart with medical student Arya Mohabbat of DeKalb, who is doing a summer externship at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Arya Mohabbat, a DeKalb High School graduate and medical student, is spending his summer at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, getting an inside look of life as a doctor.

Mohabbat, a second year student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, has spent the first part of his 12-week externship learning about general surgery under the guidance of Drs. Roger Maillefer and Jack Wagoner, general surgeons with DeKalb Clinic.

He also will get exposure to obstetrics, pediatrics, oncology and urology.
Mohabbat, 23, graduated from DeKalb High School in 2000, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2004. He is participating this summer in the Illinois State Medical Society's Medical Education Community Orientation program. The purpose of the program is to encourage future doctors to practice their specialty in a community setting.

Once accepted into the program, Mohabbat had a list of hospitals to choose from, and he chose his hometown hospital.

"It was a good decision. I've been very busy scrubbing for surgeries, serving as a second assistant to the doctors in the operating room, and seeing patients at the clinic. I've been surprised with the variety of cases I've seen, too," the doctor-in-training said.

Dr. Maillefer, who earned his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and his medical degree at the University of Illinois, as well, said he is enjoying the role of teacher this summer. "Arya is the first medical student I've had for an extended period of time. It's been a good experience for both of us."

Mohabbat said he will begin his clinical rotations next school year and will pick a specialty his fourth year. "I’m interested in many disciplines, but I'm leaning toward surgery," he said.

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