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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Apr 28, 2017

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Dr. Young is the Interim Section Head of Musculoskeletal Radiology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, as well as the Director of Medical Imaging for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

Dr. Young completed his undergraduate degree at DePauw University in 1989; completed his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1993; completed a residency in radiology at Oakwood Hospital is Dearborn, Michigan in 1997; and then completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at University Hospitals in 1998, where he remains today as faculty.

While his fellowship emphasized sports medicine MRI, Dr. Young’s musculoskeletal training also included exposure to orthopedic oncology. As such, in addition to reading images for the Browns, Dr. Young’s clinical interests include diagnosing bone and soft tissue malignancy. Moreover, Dr. Young is the coordinator of Emergency Radiology at University Hospitals and therefore spends considerable time aiding his colleagues in the ED.

Lastly, as an associate Professor of Radiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Young is actively involved in the education of medical students and residents.

Please enjoy with Dr. Peter Young!

Apr 21, 2017

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Dr. Tcheurekdjian is the Co-Program Director of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program at University Hospitals of Cleveland, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and finally the Vice President of Allergy/Immunology Associates, Inc.

Dr. Tcheurekdjian completed his undergraduate degree at Marquette University in 1995; completed his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2000; completed a Med/Peds residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2004; and then completed a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco in 2006, after which he returned to Cleveland to start his practice.

Dr. Tcheurekdjian also the Co-President
of Ohio Clinical Research Associates, LLC and is currently an active researcher in the realm of ethnic differences of allergies, their associated genetics, as well as the documentation of the presentation of a variety of uncommon allergies.

Voted Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc. 3 times since 2013, Dr. Tcheurekdjian's clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of primary immunodeficiencies, recurrent infections, asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, food allergies, and hives, and has made multiple appearances on NBC, CBS, and ABC morning and evening news to speak about allergies.

Please enjoy with Dr. Haig Tcheurekdjian!

Apr 14, 2017

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Dr. Lee is the Program Director of Anesthesiology, as well as a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in 1988; completed his medical degree and a PhD in Genetics & Development at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in 1997; completed a pediatrics residency in 2000 followed by an anesthesiology residency in 2003 both at UC San Diego. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia and intensive care at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London in 2005, after which he returned to UC San Diego to join the faculty.

Dr. Lee has many passions but one of them is resoundingly for medical education. In addition to being the Program Director of Anesthesiology, he is the Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine/Anesthesiology Residency, as well as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Anesthesiology. He is involved at the School of Medicine on the Core Curriculum Committee and is currently the Chair of the UCSD Program Oversight Committee, which is responsible for targeted reviews of all 124 residencies and fellowships at the University.

And the list of his educational involvements goes on.

Of note, Dr. Lee has a special interest in understanding and preventing physician burnout and is on the UCSD Healer Education Assessment and Referral Program Committee, which provides assessments and lectures addressing medical student & physician depression and suicide.

Please enjoy with Dr. Daniel Lee!

Apr 7, 2017

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Dr. Hu is Chair of the Division of Spine Surgery, Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford University.

Dr. Hu completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in 1980; completed her medical degree at McGill University in 1984; completed an orthopedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in 1989; and then completed a fellowship in spine and scoliosis surgery at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in 1990, after which she took her first job as assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Eventually, Dr. Hu transitioned to the University of California, San Francisco, where she held the title of Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery from 2011 to 2014, finally assuming the role of Chair of Spine Surgery at Stanford where she remains today.

Dr. Hu is and has been heavily involved with the professional organizations and publications of her field since the beginning of her career. Not just a member of a dozen or so associations and societies, Dr. Hu has served and held leadership roles on multiple dozens of committees and Boards of Directors, and is currently the secretary of the American Orthopedic Association among several other active tenures, not including her leadership and mentorship roles at Stanford and UC San Francisco before that. In additional to being a reviewer for several journals, Dr. Hu is also an associate editor of Spine Deformity, the official journal of the Scoliosis Research Society.

Dr. Hu has received a dozen research grants, published over a 100 peer-reviewed papers, and written 17 book chapters, not to mention the 100s of visiting professorships and invited lectureships she has attended locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally over her career.

Of note, Dr. Hu is also a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Please enjoy with Dr. Serena Hu!

Apr 4, 2017

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Dr. Kilchevsky is a Staff Urologist at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH.

Dr. Kilchevsky completed his undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in 2005; completed his medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine in 2009; completed a urology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2014; and then completed a urological oncology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in 2016, after which he joined the Concord Hospital Medical Group where he remains today.

Dr. Kilchevsky is currently the associate investigator of two clinical trials focusing on the treatment of prostate cancer, and has already published a dozen peer-review papers on similar subject matter in his young career. In addition to being a member of the American Urological Association, Dr. Kilchevsky is also a member of the Israeli Society of Sexual Medicine and has published several papers on erectile dysfunction following radical prostatectomy, as well as the clinical anatomy of the G-spot.

Clinically, Dr. Kilchevsky’s areas of interest include minimally invasive surgery, image-guided therapies, and functional prostate imaging.

Please enjoy with Dr. Ami Kilchevsky!