The Undifferentiated Medical Student

The Undifferentiated Medical Student (TUMS) podcast is about helping medical students to choose a medical specialty and plan a career in medicine. The list of career options available to medical students is long, but the time to explore them all is short. Moreover, mentorship in medical school is lacking, and many medical students tackle the task of career planning alone, most struggling and almost all clutching to the hope that 3rd year clinical rotations will definitively resolve their remaining uncertainties about how they want to specialize. However, having been distracted by the relentless pace of their pre-clinical curricula and the specter of Step 1, 3rd year medical students are eventually confronted with the reality that there are simply too many specialties to explore in one year and that they may not even get to finish their clinical rotations before important decisions about their careers need to be made (e.g., the planning of acting internships) if they are to be competitive applicants. Thus, mentorless and clinically unexposed, many medical students are forced to make wholly uninformed decisions about their futures. By interviewing at least one physician from each of the 120+ specialties listed on the AAMC's Careers in Medicine website 1) about their specialty, 2) how they decided this specialty was right for them, and 3) for advice about long-term career planning irrespective of the specialty they went into, this podcast aims to enumerate the details of every specialty and provide virtual mentorship on how best to go about moving past being an undifferentiated medical student.
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Dec 30, 2016

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Dr. Kalayjian is the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH, as well as an Associate Professor of Infectious Disease at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kalayjian received his undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1978; his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1982; completed his residency in internal medicine in 1985 and a fellowship in infectious diseases in 1991, both at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Kalayjian is the recipient of the Voices Against the Silence Award for his work in improving the quality of life of those living with HIV/AIDS in Northeast Ohio. He has also been recognized by Best Doctors in America 6 times, most recently in 2014. In addition to being the recipient of many teaching awards, Dr. Kalayjian is also the Lead instructor of the Microbiology and Immunology sections of the School of Medicine’s basic science curriculum.

Please enjoy with Dr. Robert Kalayjian!

Also, sorry about the sirens.

Dec 23, 2016

Dr. Ceppa is an Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she is also the Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Simulation Laboratory. She also serves as the Medical Director of the Indiana University Health lung-screening-program and is also on faculty for the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program.

Dr. Ceppa received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 2001, and completed her residency in General Surgery also at Duke in 2008. During her residency, Dr. Ceppa also completed a 2-year research fellowship in New York City at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with the Thoracic Surgery service. Choosing Duke again, Dr. Ceppa then completed a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship in 2011.

Dr. Ceppa is married to an academic surgeon, and they have three young children.

Please enjoy with Dr. Mimi Ceppa!

Dec 16, 2016

Hey TUMS listeners!

Just a quick announcement that I will be moving to publishing episodes only once per week with the next interview dropping next Friday, December 23, 2016.  I will resume the twice per week publishing schedule after the holiday season as I find more physicians to interview on my way to a 120 interviews.

If you want to help me find more physicians to interview and think you might know someone who would be a good fit for the show, head on over to for a list of the specialties I’m still looking for, as well as a list of the qualities a physician guest would ideally have.

But thanks for listening, and until next time, take care.

Dec 16, 2016

Dr. Coleman is a trauma and acute care surgeon, as well as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

She completed her medical degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 2005; completed a general surgery residency at the Rush University/Cook County Hospital in 2010; and then a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at Emory University Grady Memorial Hospital in 2012.

Dr. Coleman is also a wife, mother, and writer, with over 2 million views of her work on her blog at She has also contributed articles to the Huffington Post, Forbes, and LinkedIn. Lastly, she is the co-host of the Careercast podcast of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Please enjoy with Dr. Jamie Coleman!

Dec 13, 2016

COL Kenneth Azarow, MD

Dr. Azarow is the Surgeon-in-Chief of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital of the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Azarow earned his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshal College is 1981; his medical degree form F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University 1987; completed his general surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1992, as well as a pediatric surgery fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario in 1996.

Upon completion of his fellowship, he was assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington where he was appointed as the director of the surgical research program and chief of pediatric surgery. While in the Army, he rose to become the general surgery residency director and, eventually, Chief of Surgery, and retired at the rank of Colonel in 2008 after a 25 year career in the military which saw him serve several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and for which he received the Legion of Merit as well as dozens of other military awards. During this time, he oversaw 9 divisions, 5 residency programs, and was responsible for the smooth delivery of surgical education, research, and care during the constant movement of faculty due to the war on terrorism.

From a pediatric surgery standpoint, his paper on Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia entitled ”Tale of Two Cities: The Toronto Experience” is considered a classic work in the field and has helped guide the field away from ECMO usage and towards a pulmonary protective strategy with the use of conventional ventilators in neonates. His C.V. also currently lists over 75 peer-reviewed journal citations, over 25 book chapters, and 100s of presentations and invited named lectures.

Please enjoy with Dr. Kenneth Azarow!

Dec 9, 2016

Colonel Matthew J. Martin, MD

Dr. Martin is currently the Trauma Medical Director and Chief of Surgical Critical Care at Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. He is also the Director of Surgical Research and the former Associate Program Director for the Madigan Army Medical Center General Surgery residency program. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. He is the current Chair of the Army State, Region 13, for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He has been deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, service for which he received The Bronze Star as well as many other military distinctions.

Dr. Martin completed his undergraduate degree in 1990; a master’s degree in Medical Science in 1995, and his medical degree in 1998 all from Boston University. He completed residency training in General Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in 2003, and a fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Los Angeles County Hospital and USC Medical Center in 2005.

Dr. Martin has had a prolific literary and research career in the 11 years since completing his formal training which includes contributions to 100s of peer-reviewed publications, authorship of 24 book chapters, and being co-author and editor of two books (“First to Cut: Trauma Lessons Learned in the Combat Zone”; and more recently “Front Line Surgery: A Practical Approach”)

Lastly, Dr. Martin is a co-host of the podcast Traumacast, a show that discusses topics related to all things trauma surgery.

Please enjoy with Dr. Matthew Martin!

Dec 6, 2016

Dr. Greenfield is director of the division of general obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, as well as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Greenfield completed her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1983; and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Metrohealth Medical Center in 1987, after which she joined the faculty at University Hospitals where she has practiced ever since.

Dr. Greenfield has received many, many awards and honors over the years for excellence in education and leadership, including being voted Best Doctors in America 12 out of the last 15 years. Dr. Greenfield has also had an extensive writing career which began in 2001 when she assumed the role of director of obstetrics and gynecology for the Dr. Spock Company, where she wrote hundreds of articles for, answered scores of “ask our experts” questions, and even directed obstetrical content for the public television series Parent Sense. Dr. Greenfield published her first book Dr. Spock's Pregnancy Guide in 2003. She then went on to write The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book, which was released in 2008 and then followed in 2015 with an updated ebook version for the Kindle. Lastly, in her free time, Dr. Greenfield can be found blogging on your website at

Please enjoy with Dr. Marjorie Greenfield!

Dec 2, 2016

Dr. Stehouwer the Associate Program Director of the combined internal medicine-pediatrics (med-peds) residency program as well as the founder and director of the med-peds Consult Service at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, OH.

Before becoming a physician, Dr. Stehouwer studied philosophy at Calvin College where he received his undergraduate degree in 2007. He then received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2011, where he developed an interest in the care of children with complex and life-long medical conditions, leading him to pursue a med-peds residency to learn how to provide care to these children who continue to combat their illnesses well into adulthood. He completed this residency at University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (which share a campus) in 2015 after which he completed a med-peds chief resident year in 2016. During his chief year, he began the aforementioned med-peds consult service to assist physicians in managing patients who straddle the divide between adult and pediatric medicine. In addition to running the med-peds consult service and acting as associate director of the med-peds program, Dr. Stehouwer also attends on both general medicine and pediatric wards individually.

Please enjoy with Dr. Nathan Stehouwer!