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Name: Angela Jones, MD
Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Education: Christiana Care Health Services, University of Toledo Medical Center, University of Toledo College of Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current Position: Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Healthy Woman in Colts Neck, NJ
1. Why did you choose obstetrics and gynecology?
Choosing OB/GYN was easy for me. It was and remains a perfect fit. OB/GYN is the perfect combination between medicine and surgery. I love both. OB/GYN is also predominantly happy. Delivering babies never gets “old” and there is nothing better than providing surgical services that help women lead healthy, happier, lives. Besides, what other field can you say that talking fashion, relationships, family and health occurs all during the course of an office visit. It’s like hanging out with “girlfriends” all day!
2. How do you prepare for your workday?
Prayer. Meditation. Exercise. Gratitude. I take each day as it comes; one day at a time.
3. What is the last journal article or piece of research that significantly changed your practice?
I read things on a daily basis that directly impact the way that I practice medicine. The hospital I practice at it part of an RSV vaccine trial for antepartum patients. The data thus far has been very impressive regarding its ability to prevent RSV in newborns; hence, the recommendation to give it, along with tdap and flu vaccinations.
4. Tell us about AskDrAngela.com. What sparked this idea and how do you think making yourself available online has helped patients?
AskDrAngela is the manifestation of a long time dream of mine to be editor in chief of my own magazine. Coming from a liberal arts background, I have always had a love for writing and the arts in general. AskDrAngela, which includes a Youtube channel, a podcast, as well as a weekly blogpost allows me to practice medicine without boundaries. It’s fun. Informative. It has certainly proven to be a resource beyond my greatest expectations. I field questions from all over the world. The impact and reach of my brand is inspiring, and pretty amazing. I have been featured and am sought out by major publications on a daily basis: Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, refinery29 to name a few.
5. What are the key collaborations OB/GYN has with other specialties?
We are sought out for so many reasons. Pregnancy scares a lot of people! I get a lot of consults for “what medications are safe to take during pregnancy?”, to heavy/irregular bleeding consults, prolapse consults, postmenopausal bleeding to name a few.
6. What types of surgeries do you perform on a day-to-day basis?
I don’t operate daily. I operate 1–2 times per week. I do a lot of minimally invasive procedures via laparoscopy, DaVinci robotics. And of course, can’t leave out c-sections.
7. Who are your mentors?
8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Trust the process. You may not feel you are where you want to be; but trust you are where you are supposed to be. I am a Christian. His will has ALWAYS been done in my life.
9. How do you unwind after a challenging day?
Exercise. Play my guitar. Play with my daughter. Write. Take a hot bath. Hang out with my wife; spending time with my family is relaxing and fun all in one. Play with the dog. Laugh. Meditate.
10. What is the biggest challenge or obstacle in OB/GYN?
This likely varies from provider to provider. For me, it’s time. My specialty is very busy. Making time for family is challenging but I make it a priority and have been able to “make it work.”
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