In this interview, we chatted with Dr. Ruth Arumala. She is a well-known Obstetrician and Gynecologist, visionary and runs a very successful podcast. In the paragraphs below, read her journey and how she has created a perfect work-life balance amidst her super busy schedule.
We would love to know about the incredible work you do. Please tell our readers about yourself and your area of work.
I am an Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a solo practice in Mansfield, Texas (a suburb of Dallas, Tx). I have dedicated my career to the medical and surgical management of uterine fibroids (benign growths on the female womb that can result in heavy bleeding, anemia, subfertility, etc.). To provide a full range of care, I have been extensively trained. I am certified in several techniques, including radiofrequency ablation of fibroids using both the Acessa and Sonata devices and robotic surgeon.
I also serve on several advisory boards and expert panels dedicated to improving women’s health. These include Texas Health Mansfield executive board, Mansfield women’s health advisory board, Health in Her Hue premier providers board, White Dress project physician advisory board, and Myovant physician advisory board. On each board and panel, I draw from my experience as both a physician and patient to push the boundaries in both innovation and access to quality medical care for the everyday woman.
In addition to working with and advocating for patients, I am an associate professor of ObGyn at the newest medical school in Texas: TCU-UNTHSC School of Medicine. Teaching the next generation of physicians to provide empathetic, quality, evidence-based medicine is important to improving the care women receive in the future.
I am also the hostess of the Pretty in Pink Podcast. In each entertaining weekly episode, I interview dynamic women who are experts in their respective fields. We discuss fitness, finances, faith, family, and so much more.
As an Obstetrician-Gynecologist, what is your usual approach to providing healthcare to women?
My approach to medical care, in general, is to get to know the patient, her desires, and her ultimate goal. My job is to provide the best care based on current evidence in a customized manner to each patient. Medicine is not one size fits all. It is imperative that I provide efficacious and efficient solutions to one patient at a time.
You have also won many industry awards. If you could enlighten us about your accolades, our readers would surely be inspired by it.
Recently, my work has been recognized by multiple organizations. I was recently named Top 40 under 40 (I am 34 years old) Healthcare Leaders in the United States by the National Minority Health Quorum. This award means a lot to me as it showcases my mission to reduce racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, and sexual identity health disparities. It is important that every human with a vagina has the opportunity to have quality health care free from implicit and explicit biases.
I was also recognized by my peers with 3 awards based on colleague nomination and votes. These include 2020 Top Doc (Ob/Gyn) by Fort Worth Magazine, 2020 Top Ob/Gyn Fort Worth by Women in Medicine, and 2020 Texas Rising Star (in medicine) by Super Docs. These awards are a great honor as my colleagues support the work I am doing.
Lastly, the award that means the most to me is the 2020 Patient Preferred Top Ob/Gyn and Menopause specialist representing Texas’s state. This is particularly important because it is based on patient reviews and opinions. It is a great thing for industry experts, colleagues, and coworkers to recognize your work; however, it is especially powerful when patients acknowledge your love for them and desire to facilitate the best possible outcome.
As an Assistant Professor in Ob/Gyn, what does your day-to-day agenda involves? What do you mostly focus your teachings on?
Thanks to the pandemic, our new medical school is currently adapting to keep students and instructors safe. Consequently, there are no ‘typical days.’ My current responsibilities include exposing students to real-world medicine by serving as a preceptor. In addition, I serve as a small group learning facilitator guiding students through the principles of Ob/Gyn, one case at a time.
Interestingly enough, my father, Professor Joseph Arumala, just started his 39th year as an Engineering professor. It is exciting to follow his footsteps.
You also run a successful podcast. What topics do you usually cover?
The Pretty in Pink Podcast is my passion project with a mission to address ‘all things women.’ In each weekly episode, we sit down with expert female guests and discuss topics that range from fashion to fitness, faith to family. We have discussed everything, including budgeting, breast cancer prevention, discrimination in the workplace, and switching careers. Every Tuesday, we publish a fresh episode that is almost always relevant to our daily lives, although it can be unpredictable.
How can women find a balance in their everyday lives?
The female human subspecies is unique in that we have a tremendous amount of responsibility with the expectation that each should be juggled appropriately and executed perfectly. That prospect can result in an enormous amount of stress. It is imperative, however, that we find balance in our everyday lives. Some of the tricks to finding balance include – creating a daily routine, optimizing the times in the day/week that you are most effective, taking guilt-free time to rest, relax and do something for you, blocking out the noise, eliminating relationships and interactions that don’t positively feed you, reducing mindless activity such as scrolling down timelines or watching unproductive shows
What can we see coming next from your creative genius?
At this time in my career, I have a lot of things cooking designed to enhance women’s lives. I am currently co-writing two books and completing a solo project. Although there are a number of other projects in the works, they will be revealed in due time.