The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Navigating Social Media as a Medical Student: Opportunities and Pitfalls

Dr. Erkeda is joined by Dr. Dana Corriel, she is an internist by training as well as a successful entrepreneur. As a medical practitioner who’s taken the traditional route to where she is now, Dr. Corriel is now devoted to using her business skills to help promote the autonomy of doctors and practitioners. She’s already launched her own venture called SoMeDocs to help medical students and seasoned doctors promote themselves and their areas of expertise.

[00:23] Introduction of Dr. Corriel

[02:13] About SoMeDocs

[07:13] Essentials for Social Media Awareness

[12:16] About Medical Branding

[14:14] Opportunities for SoMeDocs

[16:09] Desired Changes in Healthcare

The Power of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial skills are underrated skills acquired in the medical field. A lot of students and experts neglect the entrepreneurial side of being in the medical field. While it is one achievement to be a professional, there is also the factor of gaining clients or patients that avail your services. For Dr. Corriel, her goal is to ensure that medical services are marketed properly to potential patients and clients. It’s an underlying skill that she wishes a lot of practitioners would acquire in order for them to have a better grasp into the field, whether it’s  inside their 9 to 5 job at the hospital or on their off days at home.

Non-Traditional Practice

Circling back on grasping ways to expand a professional’s medical expertise, the high impact of social media in this day and age has converted the platform for service-curated avenues. Dr. Corriel’s SoMeDoc platform has allowed medical experts to promote themselves and properly market themselves for patients who seek advice or guidance online. For the students or even professionals who may take this route, some essentials include the knowledge of the market, the “out-of-the-box” perspective, and building your own space. It is also worth noting that branding plays a crucial role when you do a more social media approach to your practices.

You can reach Dr. Corriel through her website. You may also reach Dr. Corriel through her social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin.

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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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