The Undifferentiated Medical Student

The 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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Jun 30, 2017

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Dr. Christopher Wyatt

Dr. Wyatt is an emergency medicine physician at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Wyatt completed his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in 2002; completed his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2006; and then completed an emergency medicine residency at the joint Case Western / MetroHealth / Cleveland Clinic Foundation program in 2009, after which he joined the faculty at MetroHealth, Cleveland’s county hospital system.

Also an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Wyatt is one of the lead designers of the emergency medicine curriculum for 3rd year medical students at the School of Medicine. Voted Best Doctors in America in 2015 by Best Doctors, inc, Dr. Wyatt is also a recognized leader in his field.

Please enjoy with Dr. Christopher Wyatt!

Jun 23, 2017

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Dr. Sajid Surve

Dr. Surve is the Co-Director of the Texas Center of Performing Arts Health, as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Surve completed his undergraduate degree at The College of New Jersey in 2001; completed his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005; completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Long Beach Medical Center in New York in 2009; and then completed a Plus One Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine fellowship at Rowan University in 2010, after which he joined the faculty.

Dr. Surve has nearly a decade of experience as a Performing Arts Medicine clinician and set up both dance and music medicine clinics during his time on faculty at Rowan University.  In 2014, he left Rowan for the University of North Texas to become the performing arts medicine provider for the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex as well as the UNT College of Music, where he treats performers of all disciplines and skill levels. Dr. Surve’s clinical interest is in the musculoskeletal injury management and prevention in the performing arts population.

Please enjoy with Dr. Sajid Surve!

Jun 16, 2017

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Dr. Rozy Khan

Dr. Khan is a critical care medicine physician, as well as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Khan completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California in 2004; completed her medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008; completed an internal medicine residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in 2011; and then completed a critical care fellowship at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in 2013, eventually returning to California to join the faculty at USC in 2016.

In addition to clinical interests in critical care ultrasound and neuro-critical care, Dr. Khan also has a special interest in workplace gender dynamics. In fact, Dr. Khan writes about such dynamics and many other topics on her popular blog She has also been a national speaker on related topics including the status of women in medicine and contract negotiation strategies. Often referred to simply as “the Female Doc” (her social media handle on both Snapchat and Instagram), Dr. Khan also broadcasts many medical educational video snippets donning her characteristic Snapchat spectacles!

Please enjoy with Dr. Rozy Khan!

Selected Show Notes

Dr. Khan’s website:

@thefemaledoc on Instagram.

@thefemaledoc on Snapchat.

@thefemaledoc on Facebook.

@RozyKhanDO on Twitter.

Dr. Khan’s article on about burnout.

The ICU Book, 4th Edition

  • 3rd Edition is cheaper, although out of date per Doc Khan.
  • Might also be able to snag a PDF online...

The one and only, PubMed.

The Critical Care chapter in Harrison’s Principle of Internal Medicine.

  • Power up your VPN and have at it!
    • Godspeed.


Jun 9, 2017

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Dr. Beverly Newhouse

Dr. Newhouse is a critical care medicine physician, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Newhouse completed her undergraduate degree at University of North Carolina in 1994; completed her medical degree at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 2003; completed an anesthesiology residency at UC, San Diego in 2007; and then completed a critical care medicine fellowship in 2008 at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she worked for a year before returning to UC San Diego to join the faculty.

In addition to her role as an Associate Clinical Professor, Dr. Newhouse is also the Education Director for the UCSD Anesthesiology Residency Program, as well as the Education Coordinator for the Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Her dedication to education has earned her many awards, most recently the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013 as voted on by the residents she oversees.

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Selected Show Notes

The Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Intensive Care Medicine Society.

Society for Critical Care Anesthesiologists.


Dubin’s Rapid Interpretation of EKG’s

Jun 2, 2017

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Dr. Porter is a geriatrician at Intermountain Senior Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Porter completed his undergraduate degree in 2007 and his medical degree in 2012 both at the University of Vermont, as well as a masters certificate in gerontology in the intervening years at the University of Utah. He then completed an internal medicine residency at Loyola University in 2015, followed by a fellowship in geriatric medicine once again at the University of Utah.

Dr. Porter is the recipient of the Southeast Center of Excellence In Geriatric Medicine Resident Award, given in recognition of excellence in and dedication to geriatric medicine. Dr. Porter’s clinical interests include dementia, end of life planning, and polypharmacy and limiting the use of prescribed medications in the elderly.

In his free time, Dr. Porter enjoys Utah for the outdoor Mecca that it is, and his hobbies include mountain biking, skiing, backpacking, and canyoneering.

Please enjoy with Dr. Brett Porter!

Selected Show Notes

New York Times article: Geriatricians as rare as the Central African okapi

American Geriatrics Society.

Simba at Pride Rock .

The Alzheimer’s Association.

Hearing aids that you can buy on Amazon.

I forgot to ask about books :(