Blog Archive

Should I still be wearing sunscreen in the Fall? Nov 12th, 2019

During the summer time, most of us try to protect our skin by wearing sunscreen, especially while on vacation or at the beach or pool.   However, our use of sunscreen sharply decreases once we’re back home and Fall weather has kicked in. The problem? We still need sunscreen even...

Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It? Oct 21st, 2019

IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORTH IT? Our short answer: YES! Have you ever considered laser hair removal? Are you curious to how it works? Or more importantly, have you wondered if it was actually worth the money? I’m here to answer all those questions and more! It all starts with...

Heroes Know When To Call For Help Oct 7th, 2019

It has been awhile since I’ve posted a blog. Patient care and an increasingly busy schedule has left me with little time to communicate all of the ideas I have regarding over-all health and wellness.   In the past two weeks, however, 2 similar events occurred and I feel obligated...

Medication and the Elderly Oct 8th, 2018

Recently, I met an outstanding example of a geriatric patient. While shadowing Dr. Baksh at her office the other day, I learned about issues that are especially important to geriatric medicine, including the importance of reviewing medications and managing co-morbidities during treatment.Brittnie, one of Dr. Baksh’s clinical assistants, went over...

The Heart and Aesthetics Sep 7th, 2018

Growing up, my father taught us Arabic prayers and both of our parents taught us hard work and discipline. My earliest heroes were Martin Luther King, Jr , John F. Kennedy and Ghandi. I was determined to follow a non violent life. I had other heroes: Billie Jean King, Maya...

Internal Medicine: A Lot Like Being A Detective Jul 11th, 2018

Hello! My name is Olivia Bankole. I am a rising junior at the University of Maryland-College Park studying family science, interested in pursuing medicine. I am shadowing Dr. Baksh for this summer.I’ve been enlightened by my shadowing experience at Healthy Steps Internal Medicine with Dr. Baksh. The first thing that...

Allergies: Pervasive and Potentially Dangerous Jun 20th, 2018

Shadowing a doctor is a very interesting and engaging task full of information. As I observed Dr. Baksh, I noticed the attention to detail she has for the symptoms her patients present during the visit as well as their previous health history and daily activities. I learned that it is...

PATIENT CARE WITH DR BAKSH: MULTIPLE OBSERVATIONS DURING 4 HOURS May 23rd, 2018

Kelly Hurtado is a University of Maryland Undergraduate student who is considering going to medical school. She followed providers in our office in Silver Spring, MD. Below is a summary of 4 hours of her experience. My visit at Healthy Steps Internal Medicine helped me understand what signs to look out...

Medications: The Good and The Bad May 2nd, 2018

Lesley “Uchechi” Azike is a University of Maryland college student who shadowed at our practice this semester. These are some of her observations. Today’s experience with Dr. Baksh was more than simply learning about medications and their effects on patients.  Rather I witnessed the doctor-patient interaction in the healthcare setting. It...

An Attention To Detail Feb 27th, 2018

Cassandra Federman is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland who is considering going to med school. She is shadowing with Healthy Steps to gain an understanding of patient care from the internal medicine perspective.Being in the research field since leaving college, I have never had any clinical experience...

Inflammation and Cardiac Health Feb 16th, 2018

One of our many missions is to teach students interested in primary care the joy of developing a professional relationship with a patient and the power of detective work as we discuss with each patient the different possibilities of what is causing their health challenge. To ensure their understanding we...

Cardiovascular Crystal Ball Feb 9th, 2018

Let me preface the following words with the confession that I AM NOT A CARDIOLOGIST. I am a doctor of internal medicine who takes an intense personal and professional interest in the PREVENTION OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. IN 2014, 24 years into my career as a physician, I was grieving the...

Reflections On Diabetes Through the Eyes of a Pre-med Student Nov 22nd, 2017

Today’s visit to the Healthy Step’s office was a very interesting one. For starters, I previously never understood the correlation between feet and how they relate to diabetes. Coming from someone whose close relatives have diabetes, I never really took the time to wonder why they care for the feet...

Observations On Diabetes from our Community Health Intern Nov 15th, 2017

´╗┐Though difficult (since time and money are drastically lacking), One of our missions is to teach students who are interested in primary care the joy of developing a professional relationship with a patient and the power of detective work as we discuss with each patient the different possibilities of what...