Your Name: Dr. Aafaque Akhter
Your Title: Psychiatrist, Addictionology, Educator, and Author
ELI Classes: Professional English Program, Writing Effectively, (2013)
Description of your work: I strategically blend Western science, Eastern philosophy and compassionate wisdom to generate sustainable addiction recovery results.
Most rewarding part of your work: The most rewarding part of my clinical work is when I see my clients’ lives change for the better. I see an upward lift in their lives. I believe addiction medicine is the only branch of medicine where there is an upward lift. In most other branches of medicine, the status stays the same or there is a downward drift.
Also, most rewarding is teaching and training medical students and residents about addiction. I just love teaching, especially when I see students’ faces light up when they have understood a concept about opioid addiction.
Best part of studying English at the ELI at NYU:
The best part was Priscilla’s method of teaching and meeting so many diverse groups of people in her class or at her home.. I have a saying: I went to NYU to learn English, and I got a bonus: Priscilla as a friend for life.
Advice for current students:
Follow Priscilla like a shadow. I was her chauffeur and learned so much about American Culture, American history and American literature.