Emory resident gets behind the scenes media exposure

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ABC News' medical editor Richard Besser and Emory resident Murtaza Akhter review a story.

When ABC News sent an email asking for medical school residents to serve as interns at ABC's headquarters in New York, Emory emergency medicine resident Murtaza Akhter was not shy about coming forward.

"When I found out about this opportunity, I thought it would be interesting to see the inner workings of a news organization," says the Chicago native. A second-year resident, Akhter studied economics at the University of Chicago and then transitioned into medical school after working at the Law and Economics Consulting Group.

Akhter spent the month of May researching story ideas, recruiting comments from experts for medical producers and writers at ABC, and writing medical stories for ABC.com. He became the preferred researcher of medical editor Richard Besser and was even asked if he would consider staying on full-time.

Hundreds of residents from across the country applied to ABC, and another Emory emergency medicine resident, Amit Pandit, was chosen for 2013.

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