Author - Osman Bhatty, MD

Physicians: A History of Healing and Torture

“Primum non nocere” – Do no harm  Every year just before the weather chills and the trees begin to brace themselves against the long nights ahead loads of medical students gather in auditoriums across the country to recite the immortal phrases set down by Hippocrates thousands of years ago. So famous are these words and so oft repeated that many outside the medical community could recognize the sentences if not even in their original Latin forms. We are sworn into the...

4th Year: Enter the Sub-I. Top 5 Things That Changed

I remember walking onto the floors of my first rotation exactly one year ago. It was like spectating an intense game of basketball right from center court. “Oh excuse me am I in your way?” “Oh ya, let me get that for you!” “Hey, want some water?” Feeling out of place was an understatement, and most days I looked forward to didactics and morning rounds because at least they offered some semblance of structure. But even in the middle of those sessions I would...

Lessons Learned During Step 2 CK Studying

Studying for an extended period of time is the ultimate insight into the basic idea of “improving”. Becoming more efficient at tasks or even learning how to maximize our own potential is something most of us spend a lifetime trying to gain control of. As medical students we’re lucky that we have tests every so often to put the principles of self-mastery to the test. So what are these principles? We’ve all heard of them through age-old mantras and repeated by wise old...

3 Tips for Dealing with the Unpredictable

It doesn’t take long for the first year medical student to come to grips with the time consuming nature of medicine. Just when you think you’ve finally gotten it all under control another something happens to send you into a frenzy (are we all control freaks?). I guess if anything med school is a great place to practice your time management skills (mostly out of a life or death necessity). Believe me, I was and still am no guru; but that distinct feeling of a lead anchor plummeting...

Update I: Step 2 CK- Memories

It seems like only yesterday I was trudging through the murky waters that were Step 1 studying. Those endless pathways of sugar metabolism and index cards covered with factoids kept me on the edge of my seat for weeks. The end of each long day would be a reprieve but could never eclipse the moments in which I finally understood something difficult or tamed a once complicated concept. Those eureka moments were the best times of school, and I honestly wouldn’t trade them away for...