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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Jan 27, 2017

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Dr. Wiznitzer is a pediatric neurologist in the Neurologic Institute at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. He is also a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Wiznitzer completed both his undergraduate degree and medical degree at Northwestern University by 1977; completed his residency in pediatrics in 1980 and then a fellowship in developmental disorders in 1981 both at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; and then completed a fellowship in pediatric neurology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1984. Lastly, he completed postdoctoral training as a National Institutes of Health National Research fellow in higher cortical functions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1986, after which he joined the faculty at Rainbow Babies and Children's .

Dr. Wixnitzer’s research interests include autism and pediatric stroke. He has served as Principal Investigator, co-investigator and a consultant on many research studies in these areas funded by the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.

Dr. Wiznitzer has also authored or coauthored 11 book chapters and nearly 70 scientific papers. He is a reviewer for many journals including Neurology and the Journal of Child Neurology, as well as serves on several editorial boards.

Of note, Dr. Wiznitzer served as the Director of the Rainbow Autism Center for 18 years at Rainbow Babies and Children’s and has spoken publically about autism and vaccine safety in many forums including in an interview on CNN’s Larry King Live.

Please enjoy with Dr. Max Wiznitzer!

Jan 20, 2017

Check out the show notes page for Dr. Anthony Post!

Dr. Post is the Medical Director for Liver Transplantation at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Post received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in 1979; received a master’s and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medical in 1982 and 1986, respectively; completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1989 and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic in 1991, after which he joined the faculty at University Hospitals where he has remained ever since. His initial specialty was intestinal motility but his interests soon turned to Liver Disease and its management, eventually becoming the Medical Director for Liver Transplantation in 1998.

Of note, Dr. Post is one of the developers of a portion of the first year medical school curriculum at Case entitled Food to Fuel, devoted to GI anatomy, biochemistry, nutrition and gastroenterology. Dr. Post has also been voted Best Doctors in Cleveland by Cleveland Magazine for the last 10 years in a row.

Please enjoy with Dr. Anthony Post!

Jan 13, 2017

Show notes page for Dr. Steve Brown.

Dr. Brown is Program Director and Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Family Medicine Residency in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Brown completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University in 1994; completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College in 1998; then completed a family medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital in 2001. Following the completion of his residency Dr. Brown worked for four years with the Indian Health Service with the rural White Mountain Apache Tribe in Northern Arizona. In this role as a Commissioned Officer with the Public Health Service, Dr. Brown was a full-spectrum family physician delivering babies, providing emergency care, and inpatient and outpatient care of adults and children. Dr. Brown joined the family medicine teaching faculty at Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix, in 2005, where he continues to practice and teach full-spectrum family medicine. He also works closely with medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, where he was recognized as Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year in 2010. He then become residency program director in 2011.

Dr. Brown’s scholarly interests include care of the rural and urban underserved, high value care, pharma influence, and physician well-being. He has served as chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission of the Health of the Public and Science and on subcommittees for Clinical Preventive Services and Clinical Practice Guidelines. He is an Associate Editor for Essential Evidence and a board member of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.

Finally, Dr. Brown is editor and co-founder of the American Family Physician Podcast (on iTunes and at which he co-hosts with third years residents in his program. The podcast, which summarizes clinical topics and practice-changing evidence, is regularly a Top 10 medical podcast on iTunes with over 25,000 downloads per month.

Please enjoy with Dr. Steve Brown!

Jan 6, 2017

Show notes for this episode can be found at

Dr. Lieberman is a recently retired Diagnostic Radiologist from the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He is currently the President of the Case Western Reserve University Medical Alumni Association as well as an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Lieberman received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in 1970 and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1974. Dr. Lieberman’s medical training then took a winding route to included his intern year, a year in dermatology, a year in internal medicine, and then a year as an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Lieberman then completed his residency in diagnostic radiology in 1981 at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Lieberman then practiced for a time in most of the major private and public health systems of Cleveland including University Hospitals, MetroHealth Medical Center, and then finally in the Cleveland Clinic Regional Radiology Practice, from which he retired in 2014.

Dr. Lieberman is married to Dr. Belinda Yen-Lieberman, Professor of Pathology and the Cleveland Clinic’s Director of Clinical Virology, Serology, and Cellular Immunology, and together they have established a scholarship to provide financial assistance for promising medical students. They also have two adult sons, David and Daniel.

Please enjoy with Dr. James Lieberman!