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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Apr 14, 2017

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Dr. Lee is the Program Director of Anesthesiology, as well as a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in 1988; completed his medical degree and a PhD in Genetics & Development at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in 1997; completed a pediatrics residency in 2000 followed by an anesthesiology residency in 2003 both at UC San Diego. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia and intensive care at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London in 2005, after which he returned to UC San Diego to join the faculty.

Dr. Lee has many passions but one of them is resoundingly for medical education. In addition to being the Program Director of Anesthesiology, he is the Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine/Anesthesiology Residency, as well as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Anesthesiology. He is involved at the School of Medicine on the Core Curriculum Committee and is currently the Chair of the UCSD Program Oversight Committee, which is responsible for targeted reviews of all 124 residencies and fellowships at the University.

And the list of his educational involvements goes on.

Of note, Dr. Lee has a special interest in understanding and preventing physician burnout and is on the UCSD Healer Education Assessment and Referral Program Committee, which provides assessments and lectures addressing medical student & physician depression and suicide.

Please enjoy with Dr. Daniel Lee!