The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Mastering the Professional Look for Rotations and Interviews

Erkeda DeRouen talks to Yolanda “Yo” Taylor, a wardrobe strategist for female entrepreneurs, business women, public speakers, and politicians. She also runs a fashion and lifestyle blog called “At The Style Table”. Her motto is to “help busy women style for success.” In this episode, Yo gives us style tips to master the professional look for rotations and interviews.

  • [01:09] Wardrobe Style and Self-care
  • [02:59] Yolanda’s Experience as a Caregiver
  • [08:43] Caregivers as allies in Care
  • [17:55] How to Look Professional on a Budget

Wardrobe Styling is Part of Self-Care

For Yolanda, wardrobe styling should not be seen as a luxury service that only the wealthy can afford. She advocates that affordable fashion consulting is essential to self-care. It’s meant to help people get dressed in a hurry without the added stress of choosing an outfit.

Partner with Caregivers to Improve Outcomes

Patients won’t always be honest about their condition so it can be challenging to get to the truth. As a caregiver, Yolanda was very involved in his dad’s care. She would accompany him on hospital visits and would actively communicate with his doctors. Caregivers can help explain things to patients, thereby increasing the likelihood of compliance. Physicians should try to build relationships with caregivers because they are allies that help improve patient outcomes.

Mastering the Professional Look on a Budget

To look professional, go for classic pieces and then accessorize to show off your own style. On zoom calls or interviews, try to wear colorful tops so you stand out. What matters is that you show up in a presentable manner so you can feel and look confident. There are numerous brands that have affordable and sustainable clothing options. Be on the lookout for online sales and outlets where you can score good deals.

For more styling tips and resources, check out Yolanda’s blog: www.atthestyletable.com. Connect with her on Instagram and YouTube.

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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