The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Global Health Fellowship Programs for Med Students and Doctors

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Sheneka Horne, a global health pediatrician and the founder of The Blk Doctor. They talk about global health fellowship programs and how students and doctors of color can find support on their journey in medicine.

[01:00] Introducing Dr. Sheneka Horne

[05:09] Global Health Fellowship

[09:48] Making an Impact Globally and Locally

[13:17] The Blk Doctor

[18:15] Finding Support for Marginalized Students

How to Get Involved in Global Health

Dr. Horne had several opportunities to travel locally and internationally to see how different health systems work. She advises anyone interested to choose a program carefully. Preferably the organization should have an ongoing presence, which means that they are using local interventions and teaching the natives how to continue the work they are doing. The more sustainable the effort, the better. While traveling, be mindful not to take photos that perpetuate stereotypes of impoverished communities.

Making an Impact Globally and Locally

Global health work in another country allows you to understand other cultures and health practices better. This experience offers a new way of looking at health and medicine. But even in the US, there are still places which have poor access to hospitals, electricity, and water. You can do meaningful work even in your home country. There’s no shortage of people who need help.

Supporting the Marginalized in Medicine

The path to becoming a physician is not easy, but it can be even harder if you’re part of a minority group. To help you on your journey, don’t be afraid to reach out to others. Everybody has experienced failure at some point, so you are not alone.

Dr. Horne started The Blk Doctor in an effort to help black physicians overcome burnout. She coaches fellow doctors on how to ask for opportunities and boundaries for a more fulfilling practice.

You can reach Dr. Sheneka Horne through her Instagram and Facebook. Visit The Blk Doctor website to learn more coaching programs, mentorship, and other resources.

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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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