The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Synergizing Passions: Integrating Art and Medicine

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Jennifer Jeboda, a recent MD graduate who aspires to be a pediatric anesthesiologist. They talk about her adventurous journey in medicine and how she manages to keep her passion for art alive.

  • [00:50] Introducing Dr. Jennifer Jeboda
  • [07:44] US Healthcare versus UK Healthcare System
  • [10:04] Incorporating Art Into Medicine
  • [13:08] Advice for Pre-Meds and Medical Students
  • [15:00] What Dr. Jeboda Would Change About Medical Education

Differences Between the US and UK Healthcare Systems

Having experienced both during her training, Dr. Jeboda has observed that the biggest difference is that the UK healthcare system is free while the US healthcare system is not. Unsurprisingly, there is a long waitlist for patients in the United Kingdom. They try to carefully investigate the symptoms before testing patients since diagnostics can be expensive. Another difference is that the two systems do not use the same type of measurement system.

Understanding Anatomy Through Art

Before entering medicine, Dr. Jeboda has always been interested in different forms of art. But as she got busy, she started to focus more on illustrations and has even created a business that combines both medicine and art. She creates fun but informative anatomy worksheets and coloring pages. Having struggled with anatomy herself, Dr. Jeboda hopes that her artworks can help other students with the subject.

Prepare for the Unexpected

Becoming a physician is not easy. And things can get crazier when unexpected things like rejection, natural disasters, or life changes happen. It’s good to set goals for yourself and to plan for the future, but don’t forget to be open to what life has in store and to explore other opportunities.  

You can reach Dr. Jennifer Jeboda through her LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram. Check out her website and  Etsy shop.


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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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