The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

The Peds Pod

Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Florencia Segura who is a board-certified pediatrician at Einstein Pediatrics in Northern Virginia. She also mentors and trains new pediatricians at INOVA Children’s Hospital. Today Erkeda chats with Dr. Florencia Segura about specializing in pediatrics, promoting COVID-19 safety and vaccines, and maintaining work-life balance.

[00:45] Dr. Segura’s Medical Journey and Background
[02:25] Why Pediatrics?
[04:27] Life as an Outpatient Pediatrics Physician
[09:01] Educating Parents on COVID-19 Safety
[11:17] Pediatric Topics on Social Media
[12:58] Tips for Work-Life Balance
[18:18] Dr. Segura’s Advice to Pre-Meds and Medical Students

Why Specialize in Pediatrics?

As one might expect of a pediatrician, Dr. Segura is fond of children. She grew up with five siblings and saw firsthand how their pediatrician provided guidance to her family. The most fulfilling part of pediatrics is that it allows Dr. Segura to have long-term relationships with families, seeing children grow up and mature into young adults.

Daily Life of a Pediatrician

As a primary care pediatrician, Dr. Segura sees a variety of patients daily. She deals with newborns, parents, and teenagers on a range of issues. Sometimes a simple intervention is all that’s needed to alleviate a condition. Other times Dr. Segura also provides counsel to help navigate sensitive issues or prevent life threatening injuries. Accurate diagnosis can be a challenge especially when children are not yet fully articulate. Teaching is also a large part of her practice. She enjoys educating and training residents.

COVID-19 Safety and Vaccine Education

It’s important that parents and families understand how the coronavirus spreads so they can follow precautions. Physicians can encourage patients to get vaccinated by sharing personal anecdotes. Spending a few extra minutes to talk about vaccines can help address hesitancy and fear.

Self-care for Work-Life Balance

Life in medicine comes in sprints. There will be times where you feel as if you don’t have enough time to get things done. Even during hectic periods, you need to prioritize your physical health. Eat well, exercise, and get adequate sleep. Good habits will eventually add up and make an impact. On slow days, nurture your relationships and hobbies. Take vacations when your schedule allows for it. Remember that you’re so much more than just your occupation in medicine.

 Follow and connect with Dr. Florencia Segura on her Instagram.

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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