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29 April 2017
What can you accomplish in four years post-graduation? It seems in Ahmad Bazarbashi's case A LOT: internship in Ireland, residency in NYC, and now a fellowship in Boston. But in the midst of all this, he married a Class of 2015 graduate AND co-established The Scope, a weekly newsletter, read by more than 6,000 subscribers, summarising the latest medical research worldwide.


Dr Bazarbashi, tell us a little about life since graduation:

I graduated from RCSI in 2013 and stayed in Ireland for my internship year. I joined the southeast internship network spending half of the year as a medicine intern at Kerry General Hospital followed by surgery and emergency medicine placements at Cork University Hospital. I then moved to New York City in the summer of 2014 to start my residency training in Internal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital.
I am currently at the tail end of my third and final year of internal medicine residency at Columbia. I matched into fellowship last December. So I will be spending the next three years in Boston as a fellow in gastroenterology & hepatology at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Explain and your involvement in this project:

The Scope ( is a website myself and six other residents from Columbia University's Internal Medicine Residency founded in January 2016. Keeping up-to-date with research as residents and medical students can be difficult and time consuming. The Scope aims to provide easily read, up-to-date research to busy residents and medical students across the world.

We send weekly newsletters via email with each issue containing research from NEJM, JAMA, BMJ, Lancet and more summarised in a few easy-to-read sentences with a touch of humour. We try to make medical research fun and easy to understand and in plain and simple language.

Some project specifics are:
1. We started in January 2016 and now send to approximately 6,000 medical students, residents and other healthcare providers all over the United States and internationally.
2. The email subscription is free and always will be. Our future projects include podcasts development and a Scope mobile phone application.
3. We don't share our subscriber's email or information with anyone.


Who is for?

The Scope is mainly designed for medical students, physicians-in-training and healthcare providers in other fields who are eager to keep up-to-date with the latest in medical research. However, our subscribers range from specialty consultants to first year medical students from various countries across the world.


Your ambitions for the future?

I hope to complete my training in gastroenterology, with a focus on advanced endoscopy or inflammatory bowel disease. After this, I wish to pursue a career as a clinician educator in an academic centre. During my free time, I plan to continue to contribute as an author and editor for The Scope and engage in medical education activities.


And back to your time in RCSI, any stand out moments/memories you wish to share? Who or what do you remember most fondly?

Yes! In no particular order ...

  1. Harold Browne's infamous genitourinary anatomy lecture in the O'Flanagan Lecture Theatre
  2. Friday morning Anatomy card signings
  3. Ballad Sessions, Chocolate Ball and International Night
  4. Our class trip after graduation to Kusadasi in Turkey
  5. And, most importantly, meeting my wife at RCSI (She's a resident in Boston; we got married last year!)


Thank you Dr Bazarbashi! If you would like to share your own story in an upcoming edition of eNews, please email