Navigating Your Health During College with Dr. Nicole T. Rochester

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When I was in college I experienced a serious medical crisis during my sophomore year. It required me to attend appointments without my mom, share my own medical history and symptoms, and advocate for my health for the first time in my life.

I don’t know about you, but I had no idea what I was doing. In my case, my diagnosis went untreated and quickly worsened. The doctors I saw minimized my particular condition because of my age and apparent wellbeing. I assumed they knew best and second guessed my own experience. I finally got the help I needed when my symptoms got so bad that they could no longer be ignored. This delay ultimately resulted in me having an emergency surgery in the middle of my semester.

Although things don’t always get this out of hand, learning to maintain your health and navigate the healthcare system for the first time can be daunting. Do you know what to do if you get sick while away at college? Do you know when it’s okay to treat yourself with over the counter medicines vs. when to consult a physician. Do you know how to describe your symptoms? Do you know about your full medical history? Board-certified pediatrician, Clinical Assistant Professor, and CEO of Your GPS Doc, LLC, Dr. Nicole T. Rochester visits the pod to help you learn how to foster your own wellness and takeover management of your own healthcare.

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More About Dr. Nicole T. Rochester


Dr. Nicole T. Rochester is a board-certified pediatrician, Clinical Assistant Professor, and the CEO of Your GPS Doc, LLC, an innovative healthcare advocacy company that helps individuals and their family caregivers navigate the healthcare system. Dr. Rochester was inspired to start her company after caring for her late father and witnessing the complicated healthcare system from the other side of the stethoscope. She realizes that most patients and families do not have access to this “inside knowledge” and has made it her personal mission to make this information widely available.

Dr. Rochester provides individual consulting services, blogs on her website,, has an active presence on social media, and engages with audiences locally and nationally through workshops and speaking engagements. She has contributed to numerous articles in national online publications and has been interviewed on several podcasts.  Dr. Rochester is the author of a new eBook, “Healthcare Navigation 101: A Guide for College-Bound Students (and Parents!) where she shares useful tips so that college students can begin navigating their own healthcare independently.

Dr. Rochester obtained her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, completed medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Rochester is a member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Physician Leadership. She is married and the proud mother of two daughters.

Your homework this week...

Map out your medical history. Do you have any family history of illness? Chronic conditions, or important history that a doctor should know. Talk to your family and log the information in one place. As always, if you have any wisdom to share about this topic or questions leave them in the comments  

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