The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Taking Charge of Your Career in Medical Career

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Susan Baumgaertel, who is the founder of myMDadvocate and Menopause Menu. Today she talks about her medical journey and how she took charge of her career in medicine.  

  • [01:05] Dr. Baumgaertel’s Medical Journey and Background
  • [05:46] myMDadvocate
  • [15:57] MenopauseMenu
  • [22:05] What Dr. Baumgaertel Would Change in Healthcare

Taking Charge of Your Career in Medical Career

For 25 years. Dr. Baumgaertel worked as an internal medicine physician. Although she stopped her primary care practice, she was still passionate about helping patients. She held focus groups online which were attended by her patients. During these sessions, she asked them about how she can continue to work with them. And thus, myMDadvocate came into fruition. Dr. Baumgaertel now serves her patients as a virtual physician advocate, coach, resource, navigator and educator. 

During your training years as a medical student and resident, it can be hard to pay attention to your inner voice. Once you are actively practicing in your chosen field, you have the freedom to make it your own. As you gain professional experience, keep an open mind as opportunities arise and as your passions shift. 

About MenopauseMenu

Women in their mid-life years feel confused and vulnerable. Medicine is still largely paternalistic and many women may feel unheard. For this reason, Dr. Baumgaertel created MenopauseMenu to provide support for females in their menopause years through science-backed lectures and articles.


Reach out to Dr. Susan Baumgaertel through LinkedIn or YouTube. For more information, visit and 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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