Bushra “Samaiya” Mushtaq 

Why UTSW Psychiatry?

My family moved to Coppell, Texas, from California in 2001, and I attended college at Southern Methodist University, so I was familiar with UT Southwestern and its reputation within Texas. Nonetheless, after moving to Nashville to attend medical school at Vanderbilt, I applied broadly from coast to coast for residency with no geographical preference. My primary objectives in choosing a residency program were to graduate residency having seen as much as possible to be as prepared as possible and to feel like I fit in with my peers and faculty on an intellectual and personal level. 

The three things that stood out to me most during my interview day at UTSW were: 1) the breadth of training, 2) the culture of the institution, and 3) Dr. Brenner and all the faculty with whom I interviewed. During my second year, I worked on inpatient units or consult services in five different hospitals, as well as Metrocare’s community outpatient clinic and the Dallas County jail. This breadth of training will continue into third year, where I will be working in two different clinics with very different populations over the course of the full year, and personalizing my remaining time with four-month electives and a year-long selective. This level of exposure to different clinical settings, hospital systems, and patient populations was unparalleled compared with any other place I interviewed. Additionally, I have felt a great fit at UT Southwestern and within my department in terms of support for my professional goals as well as interest in who I am as a person. My residency class meets every two weeks for our "T-group", which contributes significantly to our camaraderie. On an institutional level, every year UT Southwestern wishes its community Ramadan and Eid Mubarak, and when I wanted to set up a cross-department Muslim network for house staff, Dr. Brenner connected me with the people to make it happen and had a meeting set up within a week.

What has been most exciting about being here is the level of personalization and mentorship I’ve had in my time here. I have an interest in religion and mental health, to that end I spent my PGY-3 year creating and teaching a community psychoeducation curriculum incorporating elements of spirituality within my faith tradition and current trends in wellness, under direct faculty mentorship with Dr. Pershern through the clinician-educator track. This year, I am piloting an elective in healthcare leadership with Dr. Ibrahim, our vice-chair of clinical operations. The faculty have all encouraged my passions and are very excited about how each of us PGY-4s will direct our post-residency plans.

Overall, residency is a very formative time, and I'm very happy with my personal growth and the professional opportunities I've had while at UT Southwestern.

Career Goals 

After residency, I will work as a management consultant for Boston Consulting Group in the Dallas office and stay on as part-time faculty in the Parkland psychiatric emergency room working a few shifts a month. I hope to continue my community education work both in Dallas and in the cities where I will be traveling for my consulting job. My long-term goals are in healthcare administration, and to that end I am piloting an elective this year to learn about healthcare leadership and hope to gain insight into the business side of healthcare through working for BCG.

Education

Undergraduate: B.A., Southern Methodist University, Major: Chemistry, Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies

Graduate: M.D., Vanderbilt University

Follow Me for a Week  

 

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Monday

Arrive at 8:30 a.m. to see patients at the UTSW Addiction Clinic with Dr. Wakhlu

Addiction Clinic with Dr. Wakhlu until 5 p.m.

Go for a walk around my lovely Uptown neighborhood/read for didactics

Tuesday

Arrive at 8 a.m. for med management and therapy patients at UTSW Student Wellness Clinic

Lunch with my co-residents before didactics until 5 p.m.

Hang out with co-residents

Wednesday

Arrive at 7 a.m. for educator track mentor meeting, then see therapy patients at UTSW Resident Psychotherapy Clinic

Grand Rounds, teach wellness classes or work on research projects at Student Wellness Clinic

Make dinner at home, leisure reading

Thursday

Supervision in North Dallas from 9–11 a.m.

Meetings for Healthcare Administration elective project

Shopping and dinner in West Village

Friday

See therapy patients at UTSW Resident Psychotherapy Clinic

Friday service at my mosque

Dinner with my parents

Saturday

Work out, catch up on chores and errands

Drive to the suburbs to spend time with my sister

Dinner with friends, movies in the park, or game night

Sunday

Something outdoors or head to a local museum/theatre

Get groceries for the week

Try a new recipe/bake something unhealthy

Clinical Rotations and Hours

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Block 1

UTSW Addiction Clinic

UTSW Student Wellness Clinic/Didactics

UTSW Therapy Clinic/Student Wellness Teaching

Healthcare Administration

UTSW Therapy Clinic

Block 2

UTSW Therapy Clinic/Student Wellness Teaching

UTSW Student Wellness Clinic/Didactics

ECT/Couples’ and Family Therapy

Healthcare Administration

UTSW Therapy Clinic

Block 3

UTSW Therapy Clinic/Student Wellness Teaching

UTSW Student Wellness Clinic/Didactics

Psycho-Oncology

Healthcare Administration

UTSW Therapy Clinic