Where Are They Now: Cedric “Jamie” Rutland, MD

Cedric “Jamie” Rutland, MD. Medical Director and CEO, Rutland Medical Group (West Coast Lung); Medical Director and Content Creator, Medicine Deconstructed Productions, Orange County, California

What were some of the projects you worked on while you were at Iowa and how did this work prepare you for your career?  
While I was at Iowa, I worked on the [cystic fibrosis] pig in Dr. [Joseph] Zabner’s lab. It was there that I learned a lot about translational research and how to apply it, clinically.  Dr. Zabner doesn’t know, but he taught me how to read a paper, interpret it and apply the information. I owe him and Iowa everything.

What is a “fun fact” about you that folks here might not know? 
I’m a total nerd. I read all the time. But the one thing people do not know, I have a love for women’s college softball.

What was most valuable to you during your years at the University of Iowa?  

I was at Iowa for seven years doing both medical school and residency. The most valuable lesson learned besides what was stated was understanding that your actions matter despite your race. I had an experience my third year of medical school in which my actions led an entire family to change the way they thought about an entire race of people. It was special.

What is one memory that stands out from your time at Iowa?
I was a second-year medical student when I met my wife. I am very serious when I say I owe Iowa my life. I was out at Brother’s [Bar & Grill] when she introduced herself to me in January 2007. 

What is something you learned at Iowa that you still use in your current role?  
Again, learning how to assess medical literature and apply it to my practice. Iowa taught me how to be a student. I use that daily. I also learned how to teach. You look and listen to someone to understand where their holes are and understand how they learn. You then explain specifically for them. That’s how I was able to start my YouTube channel, Medicine Deconstructed.

How do you maintain a life-work balance in your current role?  
I don’t believe in the term work-life balance. Once you decide to become a doctor you have an understanding that your patients can call anytime. Your family likely understands that as well and you have to find a way to incorporate both your personal and professional life. Trying to find “balance” may tip you over the top. Allowing your work to be a part of your life is a little easier to accept.

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