Mohsinah Usmani

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Mohsinah Usmani, medical student at University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Who I am…

My name is Mohsinah Usmani and I am from Memphis, Tenn. I was born and raised here, but my parents are originally from Pakistan.

For undergrad, I went to Vanderbilt where I studied biology and Spanish, and then after that I did a master’s in public health here at University of Memphis, and then I went on to medical school here.

What led me here…

I got interested in the field of medicine largely because of my grandmother. She was a physician in India around the time when not a lot of women pursued that field.

How faith plays a role in my work…

There’s a lot of negative images about Islam and Muslim unfortunately on the media. It’s kind of like, you know, Muslims are depicted being intolerant or hateful and all that. I hope that when people interact with me they realize that we’re just like anyone else.

I define healthcare as…

When I first heard that question I immediately thought of the World Health Organization’s definition of health ‘cause that’s something that we studied about a lot during public health. Health is, like, a complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not just merely the absence of disease or illness. And so I feel like healthcare is, like, having access to resources that try to improve your overall health.

One of Memphis’ greatest healthcare challenges is…

Probably the biggest challenge is access and affordability of healthcare. There’s unfortunately people of lower socioeconomic status who don’t have that accessibility to healthcare. And I really feel like our income bracket shouldn’t define how our health is, you know?

But what Memphis healthcare is doing right is…

Our city of Memphis is unique and we have a lot of great hospitals and institutions and we have great culture and diversity here in Memphis and I feel like that’s something that, you know, we can expand on to try to improve our healthcare.

The biggest challenge in my healthcare work is…

There’s a lot of challenges! OK, so I would say in terms of healthcare something that I see on a daily basis when I’m dealing with patients is probably the gap that exists in patient education and understanding about their health. I think it’s a huge responsibility on us as a health care provider to really provide that knowledge and understanding about a patient’s health…

The greatest reward in my healthcare work is…

I’d say the biggest highlight of being a medical student is interacting with my patients on a daily basis.

It’s just really enjoyable working with them it also reminds me how blessed I am to be in this position and it’s also really humbling and just really rewarding at the same time.

Learn more about the University of Tennessee Medical School.

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