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Specialty Stories is a podcast to help premed and medical students choose a career. What would you do if you started your career and realized that it wasn't what you expected? Specialty Stories will talk to physicians and residency program directors from every specialty to help you make the most informed decision possible. Check out our others shows at MededMedia.com


  • 76: Burnout in Medicine and Our Newest Project to Help With It!

    22/08/2018 Duración: 18min

    Session 76 This week, we're joined by Allison who has previously shared her story of burnout. We discuss burnout as well as the birth of MedDiaries - our newest project to help with this. This episode is actually taken from The Premed Years Podcast since we're announcing this new project that will greatly impact premed students, medical students, residents, and physicians! [03:35] The Prevalence of Burnout in the Physician Community Allison talks about there are bad days as much as there are good days, which is highly prevalent in the physician community. In fact, 42% of physicians in the 2018 Medscape Report are burned out. Based on personal experience, Allison is passionate when it comes to this topic. She also works in the field of Neurology which ranks second on the list of fields that are most likely to experience burnout, second to Critical Care. More and more people are now researching burnout due to its prevalence in the community of physicians, residents, and medical students. Allison describes

  • 75: A Private Pracice Rural Family Medicine Doc Shares His Story

    08/08/2018 Duración: 48min

    Session 75 Dr. Kelsey Hopkins works in rural private practice in Southern Illinois. Learn more about rural family medicine, what he likes about it and what he doesn't like, the unique environment, how to connect with other physicians, and so much more! If you have any suggestions for new guests to have on the podcast, just shoot me an email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net. [02:00] An Interest in Family Medicine He actually realized he wanted to be a family medicine physician before he got accepted to medical school. Growing up in a small town in Illinois, he is the fourth of eight kids. Everybody was born at home after the first two. So there was no one in his family that was in medicine. Naive to the healthcare field in general, he didn't know there were different specialties so he just thought that as long as you went to the doctor, they give everything. Then he found out there was a rural medicine program, the RMED program at the University of Illinois - College of Medicine in Rockford. He explored this and

  • 74: A Community Prolotherapist Talks About His Specialty

    18/07/2018 Duración: 42min

    Session 74 Dr. Ross Hauser is residency trained in physiatry and has gone on to train in prolotherapy. He talks about what it is and why it's the future! Ross is very passionate about prolotherapy. If you want to learn more about this, visit his website on Caring Medical. Also, check out all the rest of our episodes on MedEd Media Network, including https://medicalschoolhq.net/thepremedyears/ (The Premed Years Podcast), The MCAT Podcast, https://medicalschoolhq.net/oldpremeds-podcast/ (The OldPreMeds Podcast), Ask Dr. Gray: Premed Q&A, and some more coming in the future! [02:05] Interest in Prolotherapy In the last two months of his residency, Ross had an elective rotation which he did with prolotherapist Dr. Hamwell back in 1992. Then he joined the physician in 1993, so he has been a prolotherapist for over 25 years. Ross describes himself as always liking old people. Thinking he was going to be a geriatrician initially, it was during his chronic pain rotation in his physiatry residency that he discovere

  • 73: An Academic Family Medicine Trained Geriatrician Joins Us

    27/06/2018 Duración: 33min

    Session 73 Dr. Scott Harper is has been out of training for 8 years. He joined us to talk about his specialty, Geriatrics, and what he loves about it and more. Scott is in an academic medical center at Wake Forest Medical School. He shares with us his journey to Geriatric Medicine, what it takes to get there, things he likes the most and least, and more! And if you haven’t yet, please take a listen to all our other podcasts on MedEd Media! [01:24] Interest in Geriatric Medicine Scott traces his interest in the speciality back to when he was medical school, going through the clinic rotations. When he was working with patients he found he was most drawn to the extremes of age. He envisions his practice to include babies and kids to adults and people nearing the end of their life. When he was in family medicine for residency, he had an almost exclusively geriatric population in his clinic practice. He didn't feel he had the skillset to take care of all of their needs so this became his goal going into Geriat

  • 72: A Community Neonatologist Shares Her Specialty With Us

    20/06/2018 Duración: 24min

    Session 72 Dr. Leslie Pineda is a private practice Neonatologist in Orlando. We talk about her inspiration to go to the NICU and what she likes, dislikes, and more. I am constantly looking for physicians who would make great guests here on the show. If you know someone who might make great guests here, send them my way at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net. [01:33] An Interest in Neonatology Leslie's mom is a NICU nurse who have been doing it for over 30 years. So she was basically exposed to the field at an early age. She would go visit her at work and back when the babies were still in a nursery, she'd get to see her mom and get the babies through the windows. Through the years, she always knew she wanted to do pediatrics. "I would branch off and think of different things but I always kept falling back to neonatology." As to why not a NICU nurse like her mom, Leslie explains she wanted to make the "big decisions." The bedside was fun but she wanted to pursue further and get to lead the team and make the decisions

  • 71: An Academic Pediatric Cardiologist Shares Her Specialty

    30/05/2018 Duración: 39min

    Session 71 Dr. Serena Sah is an academic Pediatric Cardiologist in the California area. We talk about what drew her to the specialty, what she likes about it, and more. Serena has been out of training now for three years. By the way, do you know of someone whom you think would make a great guest on this show? Email me at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net. [01:25] Her Interest in Pediatric Cardiology Serena enjoys working with kids so she knew she wanted to do Pediatrics. She had a six-month-old cardiac patient that had an interesting physiology. Knowing nothing about cardiac disease, she was freaking out and that encounter with the patient was what really got her intrigued by the physiology of the heart. Additionally, pathophysiology made sense to her. She likes being able to figure out the causes of the disease. Going through medical school, she initially didn't have that interest in Cardiology as much as when she encountered that experience. She thought she would do general pediatrics at first but she already had

  • 70: Private Practice Sports Medicine from Family Practice

    16/05/2018 Duración: 41min

    Session 70 Dr. Daniel Clearfield is a Family Medicine trained physician who specializes in Sports Medicine. Listen to how he got into the field and what he loves about it. First off, The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT is now available on Amazon, Kindle, and Paperback. Just a reminder, you don't have to have a Kindle device to read a Kindle eBook. You can use a Kindle app on every device you have. It's $4.99 for the Kindle at this point and $9.99 for Paperback. Please help us find guests for this show. If you have physician friends, family, and people you work with whom you think would be a good guest here on Specialty Stories, where we also haven't covered their specific specialty and setting, shoot me an email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net. Listen to The Premed Years Podcast Session 273, especially if you still have some questions about osteopathic medicine. Dr. Daniel Clearfield is a family sports medicine physician who's been out of training now for seven years. He used to be in Academics nut now is

  • 69: Private Practice General Orthopedics and More

    25/04/2018 Duración: 37min

    Session 69 Dr. Pamela Mehta is a general private practice orthopedic surgeon. She has been out of training now for ten years and has been in private practice for two years. We get into a great discussion about what led her to private practice, post-training, types of patients, and what she likes about orthopedics. We talk about what it's like to a be a woman in a male-dominated specialty and much more. By the way, The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT is going to be available very soon. Written with Next Step Test Prep, we will soon be putting it up on Amazon and other stores as soon as possible. Go to http://www.mcatbook.com/ (MCATbook.com) to sign up and be notified. Also check out our other books The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview and another one coming up in August is The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement. If you have any suggestions for physicians whom you think would make great guests (only attending physicians), shoot me an email at ryan@medical

  • 67: What Does Academic Emergency Medicine Look Like?

    28/03/2018 Duración: 31min

    Session 67 Dr. Elaine Reno is an academic Emergency Medicine physician in Denver. She talks about why she choose academics, her work-life balance and more. First off, check out all our other podcasts on MedEd Media. If you're a premed student, be sure to take a listen to The Premed Years podcast, covering test prep, applications, essay writing and personal statement writing, interview prep and so much more. And if you have a suggestion for a guest here on the podcast, kindly shoot me an email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net. Back to today's guest, Elaine has a subspecialty in Wilderness Medicine, which is really not that big of a practice. Rather, today we focus on academic emergency medicine and why Elaine chose this. Back in Session 2, we covered emergency medicine from a community perspective. In that podcast, we had Dr. Freess talking about community-based emergency medicine. This week, Elaine talks about being an academic emergency medicine, why she chose it, and much more. [02:10] An Interest in Emerge

  • 66: What is Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Medicine?

    14/03/2018 Duración: 25min

    Session 66 Dr. Natalie Crawford, found on Instagram at @nataliecrawfordmd, is a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) specialist and she talks to us about it today. Natalie is trained as an OB/GYN but did Fellowship training in REI. And if you're an OB/GYN resident listening to this and thinking whether REI is right for you, then take a listen. Natalie has been out of fellowship training now for a year and a half. In her Instagram profile @nataliecrawfordmd, she shows the ins and outs of being an REI doc as well as being a mom and female physician. Check out today's episode to find out why Natalie chose Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as why she actually chose to change residencies. She actually started off in one residency and then changed to OB/GYN after her first year. By the way, we’re constantly in search of awesome specialists to be a guest on this show, so if you know someone you’d like to recommend, please shoot me an email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or message me on

  • 65: How Will The Single GME Accreditation System Affect You?

    07/03/2018 Duración: 11min

    Session 65 If you're an allopathic/MD Medical school, this may affect you a little bit, but not as much as this would affect DO students. In July of 2020, the AOA, AACOM, and ACGME will form a single GME Accreditation system. What this means for DO students is something that not a lot of schools are warning their students of. So if you're a premed entering osteopathic medical school or you're a 1st year or 2nd year osteopathic medical student, this is something you need to hear. By the way, be sure to check out all our other podcasts on https://medicalschoolhq.net/meded-media/ (MedEd Media). [02:00] What the New System Means: Then and Now Previously, there have been two accreditation systems - the AOA for the DOs and the ACGME for the MD residency programs and fellowships. As an MD medical student, you could only apply to ACGE (MD) residency programs. As a DO student, you could apply to both AOA and ACGME. As an MD student, you can only apply to one. In July 2020, once this goes up and running, that restr

  • 64: What is Private Practice Internal Medicine-Pediatrics?

    28/02/2018 Duración: 26min

    Session 64 Dr. Lauren Kuwik is a Med-Peds specialist in upper New York. She shares with us her desire to go into Med-Peds vs other specialty and so much more. Check out all our other podcasts on MedEd Media Network. We are constantly looking for people to guest here on our podcast. If you know a physician whom you think would be a great guest, reach out to them and give them my email address ryan@medicalschoolhq.net and have them contact me and we will get them on the show. Today's guest is a private practice Med-Peds doctor. Med-Peds is internal medicine and pediatrics combine specialty. Lauren is now practicing for five years in Buffalo, New York area. And she talks all about her journey with us today. [01:50] An Interest in Med-Peds Lauren grew up knowing a doctor who was a family friend who ended up being her internist when she transitioned from her pedia rotation and she was Med-Peds. Having always wanted to be an archaeologist and a teacher, she feels that Med-Peds allows her to be both. With intern

  • 63: What Does the Family Medicine Match Data Look Like?

    21/02/2018 Duración: 22min

    Session 63 In this episode, we do a deep dive into the numbers of the Family Medicine Match. How many spots are there, how many unfilled, and so much more. First off, we need your help! We are in need of more podcast guest recommendations. We need physicians for this podcast. Shoot us an email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net so we have more physicians to interview. There are over 100 specialties and we're doing both community and academic setting. So there should be over 200 episodes available there. I also want to do retired physicians and program directors. Yet we're only 63 episodes in. So we need your help! [02:35] Match Summary Data here is taken from the 2017 NRMP Residency Match Data. As far as number of positions offered, internal medicine is huge at over 7,233. Family medicine is the second largest and half as big, with 3,356 positions offered. Table 1 shows that 520 programs, more than internal medicine, but half the spots. So although it has more programs, it's half the spots. Hence, the programs ar

  • 62: What Does a Community Based Joint Replacement Specialist Do?

    14/02/2018 Duración: 31min

    Session 62 Dr. Brock Howell is a community-based joint replacement trained Orthopedic Surgeon. We dive in and talk about his path and what you need to know about joints. Brock has been out of Fellowship now for two and a half years. Also, be sure to check out all our other podcasts on MedEd Media Network. [02:00] Interest in Being a Joint Specialist Throughout his third year of clinical training, Brock had no clue as to what he wanted to do. Although he found himself in between medicine and surgery. He knew wanted to go into surgery, just not what exactly in surgery he wanted to do. What he gravitated him towards orthopedics is that it's very tangible when for instance, you see a broken bone. And then it gets fixed. As opposed to things in medicine or GI where you tinker a bit and still have to wait for a result. Hence, there is that sense of instant gratification. As to why he chose joint replacement surgery, he liked that it's not a small surgery so you get to walk away and look at an x-ray and be able

  • 61: A Community Based Pediatrician Talks About Her Specialty

    07/02/2018 Duración: 32min

    Session 61 Dr. Catherine Mcilhany is a community-based General Pediatrician. She joined us to talk about her position and her path and what you need to know. We're constantly looking for guests that we can feature here in the podcast. It has been a challenge for us. Please shoot me an email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net if you know any specialists that you would like to have on the show. Back to today's episode, Catherine has been in practice now for 15 years. Several weeks ago, I talked with a rural General Pediatrician. So you get to hear some differences between rural medicine and a community-based, urban center general pediatrics. [02:15] Interest in Pediatrics It was during her third pediatric rotation that she realized she wanted to do pediatrics. She just had so much fun with the kids and that's what she liked about it. She admires the resilience of kids despite what they're going through. "If you can have some fun almost everyday in some part of your job, it's totally worth it." She did consider do

  • 60: An Academic Peds Pulmonologist Talks About Her Specialty

    31/01/2018 Duración: 33min

    Session 60 Dr. Taylor Inman is an academic Pediatric Pulmonologist who is also a locums physician. She has been one and a half years out of fellowship training. We discussed her path into the specialty, what it's like, and much more. Check out MedEd Media for more podcasts. If you have some premed friends, kindly tell them about https://medicalschoolhq.net/thepremedyears/ (The Premed Years Podcast). If you have suggestions who would make a great guest on the show, please email me at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net. [01:20] Interest in Pediatric Pulmonology Taylor realized she wanted to be a pediatric pulmonologist when she got to her second year of residency. She always knew she wanted to get into medicine at a young age, having had Type I diabetes and getting diagnosed at five years old. She has been exposed to medicine at a young age with her mom being a nurse and her dad having a PhD. So always knew she was going to do something in medicine. Then when she got into pediatrics residency, she knew wanted to spe

  • 59: What Does the Psychiatry Match Data Look Like?

    24/01/2018 Duración: 23min

    Session 59 Looking at the Psychiatry Match data, it's easy to see that it is becoming a more popular field. I discuss all the data in today's Specialty Stories podcast. Finding physicians for this show has been a challenge so we'd like to ask for your help. If you know a physician who would be a great addition to this podcast, shoot me an email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net . Go to medicalschoolhq.net/specialtiescovered and you'd find a list of physicians that we've already covered here on the show. Today, we cover Psychiatry match data based on the 2017 NRMP Main Residency Match Data. [03:20] General Summary There are 236 programs in psychiatry. Comparing it with other specialties, pediatrics has 204 programs. So there are 32 more psychiatry programs than there are pediatric programs. The total number of positions offered for Psychiatry is 1,495 spots. This means a little over 6 spots per program. Whereas pediatrics is much bigger with twice as many spots of 2,738 in 204 program. So it's almost 13 1/2 sp

  • 58: What Does a Movement Disorder Specialist Do?

    17/01/2018 Duración: 36min

    Session 58 Dr. Kathrin LaFaver is an academic Neurologist who specializes in Movement Disorders. We talk all about her job and what you need to know if you're interested. Check out all our other podcasts on MedEdMedia Network. And don't forget to subscribe on whatever medium you have. Going back to today's discussion is a movement disorder specialist who has now been four years out of training. She talks about why she chose her career, what it takes to become one, and so much more! [01:54] Her Interest in Movement Disorder Kathrin was a neurology resident and she got to shadow or do an elective in movement disorders. She found a great mentor and she was just fascinated by it, including the personal connections they formed. So from day one she knew it's what she wanted to do. The great thing about movement disorders, Kathrin says, is that you see the problem in front of you. So you can often make a diagnosis as they come into the room. On the other hand, there are people with too much movements and you can

  • 57: What Does a Pulm Critical Care Medicine Doc Do?

    10/01/2018 Duración: 31min

    Session 57 Dr. Tom Bice is an academic Pulm Critical Care physician in North Carolina. We talk about his specialty and what you should be doing if you're interested in it. Tom has been out of fellowship for four years now. By the way, check out all our other podcasts on the MedEd Media Network. [01:03] His Interest in Critical Care Medicine Not being able to decide on one topic, Tom knew he wanted to do a little bit of everything. And he has mild to moderate ADD. He also considered Emergency Medicine early on but he found he didn't enjoy people showing up at 3 am with significantly non-emergent problems. So when he focused more on internal medicine, he was doing his rotations in surgery and medicine. Then he realized that all of the patients and disease processes that were cool ended up in the ICU. What cemented his decision was his OB rotation with a young 26-year-old lade with sickle cell anemia came in at 29 weeks and went to the emergency section. She ended up in the unit for several days and intubated

  • 56: How Hard is the Neurosurgery Match? A Look at the Data.

    03/01/2018 Duración: 25min

    Session 56 Neurosurgery follows the rules of economics. There are very few spots, so it is really competitive to get into. We covered the NRMP Match data for Neurosurgery. Neurosurgery is one of those residencies that are super hard to get into. Ryan has had an academic neurosurgeon previously on Episode 20 of this podcast. Please subscribe to this podcast. We're on Spotify now! Check us out there as well as on any Android phone, or on Stitcher and Google. Nevertheless, the podcast app on the iOS is the best way to subscribe on an iPhone or iPad. You will also find all our episodes on the MedEd Media Network. Let's dive into today's data... All information here are based on the NRMP Main Residency Match 2017, Charting the Outcomes 2016, Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017, and Medscape Compensation Report 2017. Ryan walks you through the data along with some commentaries. So you will know what it means and what it looks like and what you should be thinking about if you're interested in Neurosurgery. [02:3

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