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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Mar 7, 2017

Help Ian interview all 120+ specialties by referring physicians; or, if you're a physician, volunteer!

Show notes!

Dr. El Asmar is an endocrinologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. El Asmar completed her undergraduate degree in 2005; her medical degree in 2009; a research fellowship in breast cancer in 2010, as well as her intern year of internal medicine residency training in 2011, all at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She then completed her internal medicine residency in 2014, followed by an Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism fellowship in 2016, both at University Hospitals where she remains to day as faculty.

Dr. El Asmar is currently full-time clinical faculty but is also actively involved in the teaching and mentoring of fellows in preparation for their future careers in Endocrinology.

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