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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May 26, 2017

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Dr. Hodes is an American internist in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is the Ethiopian medical director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a 103 year old organization that provides high-impact disaster relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.

Dr. Hodes completed his undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in 1975; completed his medical degree at University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1982; and then completed an internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University in 1985.

Before completing his residency, Dr. Hodes made his first trip to Ethiopia as a relief worker during the 1984 famine. He then won a Fulbright Fellowship after residency to teach at Addis Ababa University School of Medicine from 1985-1988. In 1990, he joined the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to help care for the Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, work that eventually led him to become senior consultant at Mother Teresa’s Mission, caring for sick and destitute patients. In addition to his work in Ethiopia, he has worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, and Albania, in one instance being charged with the health of some 50,000 refugees in the Kibumba camp in Zaire.

In 1999, Dr. Hodes met 2 abandoned orphans with Pott Disease (or, tuberculosis of the spine) and adopted them so that he could put them on this insurance so that he could bring them to the United States for surgery. This set in motion events that would see Dr. Hodes officially launch the Ethiopian spine program in 2006. During that first year, he got 20 new patients with spinal deformities. The clinic now averages over 1 new patient a day. Today, following nearly 3000 spine patients, Dr. Hodes partners with world-renowned, Ghanaian spine surgeon Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, with whom he has arranged over 600 surgeries. Observing this, noted Indian spine surgeon Dr. S. Rajasekaran commented “Rick has the largest collection of the worst spines in the world.”

Dr. Hodes has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in the medical literature; has been awarded 5 honorary doctorates; and has been a commencement speaker at multiple schools, including the University of Rochester, UC Davis, and Brandeis. The American College of Physicians has awarded him “Mastership” (the level of membership above fellow), as well as the Rosenthal Award for creative practice of medicine. He was recognized as a CNN Hero in the category “Champion of Children.” He is the subject of 4 documentary films, including “Making the Crooked Straight” and “Zemene,” as well as a book, “This is a Soul: the Mission of Rick Hodes” by Marilyn Berger.

Dr. Hodes lives in Ethiopia with his family and patients.

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May 19, 2017

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Dr. Atkins is a cardiologist as well as a Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Clinical Research at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, New Jersey.

Dr. Atkins completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in 1993; completed his M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania by 2000; completed an internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2003; and then completed a fellowship in Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2006.

Upon completing his fellowship, Dr. Atkins was recruited to Cleveland where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. At University Hospitals, he treated patients on the in-patient Cardiovascular Service and served as an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine residency. In addition, Dr. Atkins was a faculty member in the Case Cardiovascular Research Institute within the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. During his basic science research career, he received and completed a mentored K Award from the National Institutes of Health as well as a career development award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He was able to establish his own independent biomedical research laboratory focused on the study of vascular biology and the basic molecular mechanisms of cardio- and cerebro-vascular disease. His work has resulted in multiple publications in the literature and presentations at scientific meetings.

In mid 2015, Dr. Atkins transitioned from academia to the pharmaceutical industry joining Merck Research Laboratories as a Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Clinical Research, work that has seen him involved with early and late stage development projects in atherosclerosis, heart failure, and thrombosis.

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May 12, 2017

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Dr. Bishop is an orthopedic traumatologist as well as an Associate Residency Program Director of Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bishop completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard College in 2000; completed his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 2004; completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2009; and then completed a fellowship in orthopedic traumatology at Harborview Medical Center in 2010, after which he joined the faculty at Stanford.

Dr. Bishop specializes in the treatment of fractures of the upper and lower extremities and the pelvis as well as post-traumatic problems including malunion, nonunion and infection, and has contributed several video lectures to about lower extremity fracture management.

Dr. Bishop’s research interests include medical education, orthopedic biomechanics, and the basic science of fracture healing. Of note, Dr. Bishop was featured on an episode of Doctor Radio entitled The Orthopedics Show that aired on Sirius Radio XM.

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May 5, 2017

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Dr. Lackamp is the Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, as well as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Lackamp completed her undergraduate degree at The College of Wooster in 1993; completed her medical degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 2003; completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2007; and then a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at George Washington University in 2008, after which she joined the faculty at University Hospitals.

Dr. Lackamp’s clinical interests lie in the management of psychiatric issues within the general medical arena as a core attending on the inpatient Psychiatry consult service. An avid educator, she engages in teaching psychiatry trainees (from medical students to fellows), as well as rotating trainees in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology, Podiatry, and Bioethics.

Dr. Lackamp has been voted Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc. 3 times since 2013, and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including Faculty of the Year as voted by her residents.

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