Episode 15 | MS4 Perspective: Internal Medicine

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In this 4th year medical student (MS4) specialty episode, we investigate the field of Internal Medicine. Our specialty series with 4th year medical students consists of three parts. Part I consists of a discussion about the field. Here, we will learn about the reasons why our guests have decided to a pursue a career in this specialty, likes/dislikes about the field, and common stereotypes surrounding the field. Part II explores what it takes to match into the field. Our discussions in this section include ways in which medical students can become a competitive applicant for this specialty, tips for rotations in this specialty, advice on structuring your curriculum, and ways to evaluate which residency programs to apply to. Part III is the general advice section. Here, our 4th year students will reveal the secrets to success for each year of medical school, as well as advice for pre-med students, gap year students, excelling on board exams, and more.

Our guests in this episode, Dipan Karmali and Dhruv Kumar, are completing their medical education at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. As a child, Dipan looked up to his family members that were physicians. His understanding of medicine was broadened from his experiences working with underserved communities while attending Emory University. Dipan took a few gap years, conducting research in pediatric oncology, completing a master’s program, and acting as a clinical research coordinator at the University of Chicago. Dhruv grew up in a family of businessmen and women, and first enrolled as an accounting major at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After an accounting internship, he realized that medicine was his true calling and spent time working on applying to medical school. Dhruv spent one year in San Francisco doing basic science research prior to matriculating at Stritch. Of note, Dipan will be starting residency in the summer of 2019 at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Dhruv has matched at Lakeland Health in Michigan.

For advice, tips, and a glimpse into the lives of medical students pursuing a career in Internal Medicine, follow along!