Author - Osman Bhatty, MD

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...

Paperwork For New Interns

It’s officially 2 months until I don the white coat and after a decade of higher education be called with that lofty title, Doctor. You’d think I’d be spending my time reading about diseases, figuring out my approach when talking to patients and preparing for the onslaught of new information that plagues intern year. You would think that. Instead I am trying not to sink below the rising levels of paperwork that are accumulating in my inbox. Names, years of graduation...

Interview: Insight from the Pharmacy for New Interns

During wards and even in medical school I always heard the phrase the “health-care team”. A team-oriented approach is vital for the patient’s well-being and finding career success in medicine. The paternalistic, sovereign physician working alone into the night is a thing of the past and even looked down upon as collaboration and communication are  encouraged in this day and age. I’ve always been interested in how various perspectives can lead to new ways of seeing...

Finding Pride in Being Pakistani: A Reflection of a US Citizen

Growing Up My name is Osman, named after the the 3rd caliph Uthman who led the newly created Islam two generations after the prophet in 7th century Saudi Arabia. I grew up listening to his stories of heroism and glamour attending the local Sunday school in a mosque surrounded by green trees and colorful flowers about 25 miles north of New York City. At mid-afternoon, when prayers would end and the sun was at its highest I would walk outside with my mom and she would remind me in her native...

3 Dimensions of the First U.S African American Physician

In the morning of August 16, 1832 a 19 year old James McCune Smith stepped onto the wooden ship Caledonia on the piers of NY and set sail for Glasgow University across the sea to Scotland. He was leaving behind a world of prejudice, racial tension, and discouraging barriers to pursue his dream of becoming a physician in Europe where people of “colored skin” could be allotted the opportunity. Years later he would return home to a hero’s welcome in New York, as the first...

Visiting the Nyack I Never Knew

Take a turn on the Korean War Memorial Highway and make your way east, past the newly opened Nanuet Shops. Past the towering stone horse statues and the shivering sweatshirt clad men jogging towards the gym situated at its peak. Drive further and see the bright red letters of the Palisades mall grow smaller and smaller in your car’s rear view mirror. Eventually as you get closer to and then further again to the roar of the NY Thruway you’ll find yourself in a part of Rockland County...

6 Critical Questions I Ask Myself When Ranking Residencies

Making my rank list order has been one of the most tedious tasks of my life.  One second I feel like Program A is the best fit for me and before you know it Program B has made its case to be at the top.  A few minutes later I’m considering Program C and then the process repeats itself. Is there any surefire way to pick the best program? I don’t know, only time will tell but there are a few questions that I’ve found to be important to me.  It’s definitely worth being...