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 large, 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 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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Nov 29, 2016

Dr. Brantley is a recently retired emergency medicine physician following a 32 year career.

Dr. Brantley completed his medical degree at Louisiana State University, School of Medicine in 1979; and a pediatrics residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1982, after which he entered private practice as a solo-practitioner of pediatrics. However, while fulfilling a U. S. Army (Reserve) commitment he became interested in emergency medicine and eventually joined the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1985. Then, after becoming the medical director of the emergency department in his hometown of Rustin, Louisiana, he joined a multispecialty group practice in 1990 focusing full-time on emergency medicine.

Retiring from clinical practice in 2010, Dr. Brantley transitioned to a career in teaching, a lifelong goal of his, and followed a path that would earn him a Master of Science in Applied Anatomy from Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine in 2012. He now serves as an Assistant Professor of Pathology in the Division of Anatomic Pathology Education, with a secondary appointment to the Department of Anatomy. He is also the Course Director of Neurological Anatomy, Applied Neuroanatomy, and Imaging Anatomy.

Please enjoy with Dr. Thomas Brantley!