Author - Osman Bhatty, MD

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...

7 Tips for Residency Interviews

It’s mid-January and by now I’ve been to the majority of my interviews. They’ve stretched from New York City all the way to the Midwest and each program I’ve visited has had it’s own unique flavor. A couple of months ago one of the things on my mind was creating a game-plan for tackling these interviews in which I could show the best side of myself. I read Dr. Jessica Freedman’s fantastic book, “The Residency Interview: How to make the Best Possible...

5 Thoughts I Had The Day I Graduated Medical School

Last week on December 26th 2014 I officially became a medical doctor. Graduating from a Caribbean medical school means that our timeframe can sometimes become a little bit off cycle [due to one reason or another] and it’s possible to finish a couple weeks or months ahead of schedule [like me]. No complaints here though, more time to watch Serial, read Atul Gawande’s amazing catalogue of books, and rewatch Star Wars [which is always a treat]. I wanted to write a post on some of the...

New Study Shows Meditation Changes Brain, Can It Help Medical Professionals?

Go to your nearest Barnes & Nobles and the first thing you’ll see past the Tom Clancy thriller novels and the Harry Potter “Build-Your-Own-Wand-Kit” is a table full of books dedicated to “Mindfulness”, “Universal Consciousness”, “Finding True Inner Peace” or any combination of the above! Yes, in recent years the Western vocabulary has expanded to make room for a growing interest in Eastern philosophy. Popular authors like Jon...

6 Favorite Photos from my Medical Mission to Nepal

Where are your friends? Who go with you? Which land is your home? What place do you seek, Traveler? With what news do you roam? My friend is decent diligence. Courage comes with me The whole world’s my home To heart-land I roam with hues of Humanity Original Photography by Osman Bhatty An excerpt from “Woods” a poem by Laxmi Prasad Devkota Laxmi Prasad Devkota was born in 1908 on the night of Gai Puja during which the goddess of wealth, Laxmi, is honored [1. ]. Seeing...