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Pretty in Pink Podcast: Empowering Women’s Healthcare

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Ruth Arumala, a board certified OB-GYN and cosmetic surgeon. They talk about advocating for women’s health and tips to get through the first few years of med school. 

  • [00:45] Introducing Dr. Ruth Arumala
  • [01:46] How to Advocate for Women’s Health
  • [07:04] Pretty in Pink Podcast
  • [11:59] Tips for Adjusting to Med School
  • [22:01] What Dr. Arumala Would Change About Healthcare

Advocating for Women’s Healthcare

Physicians can better advocate for women’s health by seeing patients in their entirety, not just as body parts. In any specialty, doctors need to look out for the whole person. Majority of the time, women receive excellent healthcare only when they are pregnant. Young girls feel confused about the changes in their body while older women feel discarded after menopause. Women typically take on a caregiving role. So when they are healthy and supported, the rest of the population will be too. 

Tips for Starting Your Medical Journey

In everything you do, always remember why you started. Write down your why and remind yourself of it on a daily basis. Your reasons for going into medicine cannot be superficial, they have to be meaningful to help get you through this long journey. It should motivate you to push on despite the challenges. 

Stay focused on what you have to do. Envision your end goal and then do things that will help you achieve that. It’s important to keep your mind sharp by continuously learning. There will be a lot of distractions along the way. To succeed, you need to be able to resist those. Taking breaks is important, but don’t sacrifice your dream for a few fleeting moments of fun. 

You can reach Dr. Ruth Arumala through her Instagram accounts: and @noblexdrarumala. Check out her website for more details about her work and podcast. 

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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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