Author - Osman Bhatty, MD

Types of Doctors I Feel Like

Intern year is full of ups and downs; most news docs going through the grind will tell you the same. Some days I’m flying sky high and others I’m getting back to the drawing board to work on fundamentals like Charles Barkley in Space Jam. No matter what I do I always try to exude an air of professionalism; some concoction of calmness, engagement, and intellectual curiosity. At least that’s what I imagine in my head. Most of the time it’s a swirling tornado of alter egos...

Night Float Month

Hi readers. I haven’t written since way back in July! No surprise there, was expecting to be a lot busier with the start of residency. I finished my first night float month in September and was in the middle of writing this piece. I decided to have some fun with it and talk about a few things I learned during this first month. Here ya’ go! (I started this a while back and finished it today). For the past 3 weeks I’ve been engaged in my night float rotation. During this time...

Remember Who You Are

I never thought intern year would be this hard. Scratch that– I did. I knew I wouldn’t know as much as I liked and that I wouldn’t have as much time as I used to. I knew I’d miss home and the people I left behind. Still, it doesn’t make the pressure of trying to improve or the disappointment of not knowing something I read a few hours ago any easier to bare. There’s this saying that’s going around about the first year: Fake it until you make it Not...

The First Week of Residency, The Weight of Responsibility

If the hospital could be thought of as a giant wooden clock, then I the intern am the pendulum. Swinging between the raw excitement of finally wearing a long coat one minute–and the frightening realization of my quickly growing role the next. In the hallways when I walk in front of the patient’s room I always take a second to pause and organize my thoughts. Sometimes instead of guidelines and lab results my head fills with the seconds passing by. When this happens my attention...

Orientation & Getting Ready for Intern Year

After eight long years of higher education the days are quickly dwindling to the morning I step into the cold, bustling hospital wing as a fresh intern. The past week has been a rush–meeting my new colleagues and getting to know the people I’ll be spending the majority of the next three years with has been filled with laughter and happy moments. I’m really grateful to have such dedicated, intelligent individuals to learn and grow with. Learning the computer system and how to...

How to Match into Internal Medicine

Ah, internal medicine, possibly one of the more cerebral specialties and ironically the most poorly talked about. Bad hours, never-ending paperwork, and complex cases––maybe you’ve heard it, I definitely have. All I know is that I’m hurtling cross-country towards my new life as a PGY1 IM intern at 70 mph in my dad’s black ’99 Toyota Camry and I couldn’t be more excited. If you hope to be in a similar position next year, hopefully the next couple paragraphs will help...

My Grandfather Was a Physician

The ends of the black and white picture are fraying like a newspaper held over a warm flame. It’s a photo of my grandfather in the early 1900s; he’s wearing a suit and tie with wide, round rims that encircle his inquisitive eyes. Thick eyebrows comfortably perch on top of them. I grip the frame tighter and feel the glass covering the old picture –cold and smooth– a protective shield dutifully keeping all out. I am his grandson nearly three quarters of a century...

Caribbean Medical School: A Reason to Be Proud

Off to Sea It wasn’t excitement that gripped me that early morning in May some four and a half years ago. As far as I could remember it was this vague mixture of anxiety, fear, and optimism I didn’t trust that was swirling around in my bowels as I sat through the commencement address of a large northeastern private university. Some Ivy league banker was giving the typical “you’re a college graduate, time to improve the world” speech. Funny enough this was right...

5 Minute Read on Medical Student Debt

CLICK HERE IF YOU ACCEPT I think it’s crazy that graduating medical students are left with no roadmap about money issues and loan repayment once out of school. The most we get are monotonous, kill-your-soul “Exit Interviews” with pages of mind-necrosing information that are tedious to decipher and cryptic in how they apply to our specific situations. In a couple month’s time we’ll have an entirely new set of problems to deal with and even less time to create plans...

Wherever The Heart Goes

It’s hard to believe that within a few short months I’ll be leaving the comforts of my home to begin life anew halfway across the country.  July 1st is quietly approaching and hospitals around the country are preparing for their new class of interns. Some with anticipation, and others with dread (more likely). As for me, I’m beginning my Step 3 prep and continuing with all the forms I’ve had to fill out the past couple days. It’s enough to keep me busy and not...