September 06, 2022
Meet the ADDs: Dr. Michael Kuduk – Pediatrics
Michael Kuduk MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. If you are a medical student and would like to connect with this ADD, you can reach him by email here.
You can also learn more about other ADDs and see a full listing of them here.
Q: What do you do clinically?
A: I am a PGY-33. I spent the first 25 years or so of my career doing outpatient pediatrics, 19 of those running a solo practice in Winchester, Ky. For the past 5 years I have been a pediatric hospitalist.
Q: What is one thing you love about your clinical specialty?
A: I love being the head of an inpatient team, as I can teach learners at all levels of training. Our patients provide us with a never ending succession of clinical problems which change from day to day. Also, it’s great to be able to play with kids all day!
Q: What is one thing you love about being an ADD?
A: The Match is a complicated process with future careers at stake. Spending a few hours with a candidate and helping them match to an excellent residency, thereby setting them up for lifelong career success, is highly rewarding.
Q: What is something you do outside of work to help you recharge?
A: I live on 15 acres in Winchester and grow a wide variety of flowers (daffodils, irises, day-lilies, dahlias) as well as vegetables.
Q: Any advice for students who might be interested in your specialty?
A: In general, our patients cannot speak for themselves, so evidence of advocacy is important for anyone interested in applying to pediatrics. Volunteer work is far more important than research for an excellent pediatric application, though doing at least some research is a good idea.
Q: How did you choose your specialty?
A: It’s a long story, so here’s the abbreviated version. I went into medical school thinking I wanted to do pediatrics, but my third year rotation was less than optimal. Our medical school was super strong in internal medicine, so after some electives and soul searching during my fourth year I applied med-peds. The first six months of my intern year were in peds and I loved it. With my second six months, I decided I wanted out of internal medicine after three weeks. My program director agreed, however I finished out the year in internal medicine (which has come in handy with COVID-19). So, I ended up doing what I went to medical school to do, albeit in a circular way.