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 21, 2017

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Dr. Tcheurekdjian is the Co-Program Director of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program at University Hospitals of Cleveland, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and finally the Vice President of Allergy/Immunology Associates, Inc.

Dr. Tcheurekdjian completed his undergraduate degree at Marquette University in 1995; completed his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2000; completed a Med/Peds residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2004; and then completed a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco in 2006, after which he returned to Cleveland to start his practice.

Dr. Tcheurekdjian also the Co-President
of Ohio Clinical Research Associates, LLC and is currently an active researcher in the realm of ethnic differences of allergies, their associated genetics, as well as the documentation of the presentation of a variety of uncommon allergies.

Voted Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc. 3 times since 2013, Dr. Tcheurekdjian's clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of primary immunodeficiencies, recurrent infections, asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, food allergies, and hives, and has made multiple appearances on NBC, CBS, and ABC morning and evening news to speak about allergies.

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