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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May 5, 2017

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Dr. Lackamp is the Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, as well as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Lackamp completed her undergraduate degree at The College of Wooster in 1993; completed her medical degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 2003; completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2007; and then a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at George Washington University in 2008, after which she joined the faculty at University Hospitals.

Dr. Lackamp’s clinical interests lie in the management of psychiatric issues within the general medical arena as a core attending on the inpatient Psychiatry consult service. An avid educator, she engages in teaching psychiatry trainees (from medical students to fellows), as well as rotating trainees in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology, Podiatry, and Bioethics.

Dr. Lackamp has been voted Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc. 3 times since 2013, and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including Faculty of the Year as voted by her residents.

Please enjoy with Dr. Jeanne Lackamp!