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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 10, 2017

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

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Dr. Jalal is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jalal completed her medical degree at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine in 2002 and her residency in internal medicine at the University of Indiana in 2006, where she also completed a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 2009 and where she remains today as faculty.

In addition to her clinical duties as the director of the thoracic oncology clinic at Indiana University, Dr. Jalal is the director of the Clinical Trials Office where she helps oversee clinical research at the University. Her own research interests include lung and esophageal cancer, and is or has been the principal investigator on near 20 clinical trials in her young career to date, being awarded the Young Investigator Award in 2013.

She also finds time to advise medical students, residents and fellows, for which she was recognized with the Outstanding Teaching Contributions to Medical Student Education award by the School of Medicine in 2014.

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