BAM Podcast
BAM Podcast
Apr 29, 2020
Meet Dr. Tola T’Sarumi, a Psychiatrist and Fellow of at Harvard, Whose Life Experiences Propelled to become a Doctor.
Play • 1 hr 4 min

In this Episode, Dr. Tola discusses the following;

-        How and when she knew she wanted to become a doctor

-        How her personal experiences and challenges contributed to her decision to choose psychiatry 

-        How the stigma associated with mental health is a barrier to seeking and receiving adequate treatment.

-        How the African community try to address mental health issues with spirituality instead of seeking professional help

-        How the collaboration of religious leaders and mental health professionals can lead to increased knowledge about mental health for people to be able to get the treatment they need. 

-        How to take care of yourself and your mental health in the midst of COVID-19 crisis

-        How to know when you’re misusing alcohol and having substance abuse issues

-        The importance of seeking help such as therapy or counseling, seeing a psychiatrist.

-        Trends of mental health issues noticed as we deal with COVID-19 

-        Advice for an aspiring future doctor on what to do 

o   Get a mentor

o   Workhard

o   Don’t give up easily

o   Take your MCAT

-        Advice for current medical school student who is considering psychiatry

o   Know who you are (Handson or loves to communicate well and  are your patient enough to work with people with mental health problems)

o   Rotations will help you figure out what you love

o    a mentor while doing your rotations

o   Doing your internships/Externships.

o   Don’t give up!!



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