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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.

The Undifferentiated Medical Student Ian Drummond

    • Medicine
    • 4.9, 402 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
402 Ratings

402 Ratings

NashvilleM2 ,

All-around great podcast. Perfect for med students!

I started to listen to this podcast in the first week of my M1 year. I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I was listening to every episode regardless of the speciality. Now, more than half way through my M2 year, I try to listening to anything pertaining to anesthesia(my primary interest). I’m amazed how a busy med student is able to run such a well structured podcast, find doctors to interview, etc. I listen while doing my Anki reviews LOL. I’m hoping for a pain management anesthesia episode!!

CFmed ,

Very informative podcast

As someone who will be attending medical school next fall, this podcast provides a very in-depth view of all aspects of various medical specialties. I would recommend this to any medical student or pre-med as a useful resource for learning more about different specialties and the medical field in general.

MightyMitoK2023 ,

Great first stop to start thinking about potential specialties

As a non-traditional M1 coming from a business background, medical school has been a pretty overwhelming change and leaves not a lot of time for shadowing and career exploration. I really appreciate this podcast for the insights into day-to-day life of physicians in multiple specialties. Thank you, Ian and guests, for dedicating your time to this and for sharing with the rest of us!

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