Welcome! My name is Osman and I’m a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and current IM Resident at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. I’ve lived most my life an hour north of New York City and completed my undergraduate at Syracuse University in Biology.
I started writing a couple years ago for a multitude of reasons. During clinicals it was a way for me to stay engaged with what I was learning, I’d always been interested in making a website, and because it was a great outlet to hash out my thoughts. Over the years the blog changed a lot in direction and visual aesthetic. I ended up with what you see before you with for one reason:
I wanted to capture the raw humanity of practicing medicine in an era where the speed and complexity of healthcare has us focusing on everything but.
Why you ask? For several reasons — first to help me make sense of the chaotic, high stakes environment that we train in. Too often we are forced to swallow our feelings and thoughts during the day in order to continue providing for others. Having an outlet like writing helps me make sense of it all. Secondly, to connect with readers and, if I let myself dream, express some universal truth that perhaps others knew intuitively but hadn’t had the time to spell out themselves.
I wouldn’t have gotten very far (or even started) if I hadn’t seen so many great physicians take up writing themselves. As a basic science student and even as an undergraduate I sometimes felt like I was off-track when I began to enjoy my forays into writing a little too much. I had my mind set on medicine; could the two exist?
I was relieved to find out that they could.
The first book I picked up and devoured was “Better” by Atul Gawande, a renowned surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Then I entered the twitter world where physician-writers were all over the place! I wasn’t the only one!
As I begin my career as a physician I hope to bridge the gap between these two worlds like those that have done so before me.
I hope you enjoy what you see before you, maybe as a stranger glancing into a life different than theres or a colleague who finds the journey much too familiar. Either way, I’m truly grateful to you for stopping by. Cheers!
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