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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Jun 16, 2017

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Dr. Rozy Khan

Dr. Khan is a critical care medicine physician, as well as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Khan completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California in 2004; completed her medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008; completed an internal medicine residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in 2011; and then completed a critical care fellowship at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in 2013, eventually returning to California to join the faculty at USC in 2016.

In addition to clinical interests in critical care ultrasound and neuro-critical care, Dr. Khan also has a special interest in workplace gender dynamics. In fact, Dr. Khan writes about such dynamics and many other topics on her popular blog She has also been a national speaker on related topics including the status of women in medicine and contract negotiation strategies. Often referred to simply as “the Female Doc” (her social media handle on both Snapchat and Instagram), Dr. Khan also broadcasts many medical educational video snippets donning her characteristic Snapchat spectacles!

Please enjoy with Dr. Rozy Khan!

Selected Show Notes

Dr. Khan’s website:

@thefemaledoc on Instagram.

@thefemaledoc on Snapchat.

@thefemaledoc on Facebook.

@RozyKhanDO on Twitter.

Dr. Khan’s article on about burnout.

The ICU Book, 4th Edition

  • 3rd Edition is cheaper, although out of date per Doc Khan.
  • Might also be able to snag a PDF online...

The one and only, PubMed.

The Critical Care chapter in Harrison’s Principle of Internal Medicine.

  • Power up your VPN and have at it!
    • Godspeed.