The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Coaching with a Quality Driven Hospitalist

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Trina Dorrah, an internal medicine hospitalist and life coach. In this episode, Dr. Dorrah discusses her journey towards being both a physician and coach and how coaching can help physicians and medical students in their careers.

  • [01:11] What Inspired Dr. Dorrah to Choose Internal Medicine
  • [02:12] What is a Hospitalist?
  • [03:13] How Quality Improvement Assisted Dr. Dorrah in her Career
  • [05:06] How Could a Medical Student Benefit from Coaching?
  • [09:37] What Dr. Dorrah Does to Maintain Work-Life Balance
  • [11:03] Piece of Wisdom Dr. Dorrah Imparts on Medical Students 

What is a Hospitalist?

A hospitalist is stationed in the hospital. As an internal medicine hospitalist, whenever the ER decides to admit a patient to the hospital or if a clinic physician wants to directly admit their patients to the hospital, they call up hospitalists to get them admitted and act as their primary physicians to take care of their entire hospitalization.

How Could a Medical Student Benefit from Coaching?

A common way coaches help physicians and medical students is with their burnout. Coaching can help medical students with the mindset of staying strong, continuing to pursue their dreams, and leaving medical school with their mental health intact. There have been cases of both practicing physicians and medical students committing suicide and Dr. Dorrah aims to reach people and give them tools and skills to thrive before they get to that point of hopelessness in the midst of their difficult journey towards a career in medicine.

You can find Dr. Trina Dorrah at her website, email, and her Facebook page.

Got questions, feedback, or suggestions? Send a message to Dr. Erkeda DeRouen’s Instagram or MedSchoolCoach’s Instagram

Erkeda DeRouen

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, followed by completing medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed residency at The University of Maryland Family and Community Medicine Program. After that, she worked at an underserved community health center, and currently is an Associate Medical Director of a telemedicine company. She recently became one of the first 1,000 lifestyle medicine certified physicians in the world! Her areas of interest include: health equity and eliminating health disparities, service of underserved populations, HIV management, transgender care, mentorship, and lifestyle medicine.

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