The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Running Into Sports Medicine

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Faustine Ramirez, a Pediatrics resident at University of San Francisco and Master Tutor for Med School Coach. Today,

  • [00:44] Introducing Dr. Ramirez
  • [03:08] Why Dr. Ramirez Chose Pediatrics
  • [07:17] Sports Medicine
  • [13:23] Pursuing Sports Medicine
  • [17:13] Dr. Ramirez’s Passions
  • [19:26] Best Piece of Advice from Dr. Ramirez
  • [23:26] Closing Notes

Sports Medicine

Dr. Ramirez shares how medical students can get into sports medicine through the following specialties: there’s orthopedic sports medicine for those who like anatomy, beings hands-on, and has an interest in surgery and then there’s primary care sports medicine which you can enter from five different specialties: pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and physical medicine & rehabilitation.

Dr. Ramirez recommends getting exposure early on since it’s not usually required core specialty rotations. For the orthopedic route, you can get both shadowing experience in the OR with the orthopedic sports medicine surgeons. For the primary care sports medicine side, it depends on how institutions are set up and whether they house family medicine or orthopedics.

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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