The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Exploring Alternative Careers in Medicine That Allow Well Being

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is joined by Dr. Jattu Senesie, an OBGYN physician from the company Essence of Strength. Today, Dr. Jattu narrates her journey as a child aspiring to become a physician to leading her own firm as well as the key takeaways and learnings that she can give for aspiring physicians in the field.

  • [00:57] Introduction of Dr. Jattu Senesie
  • [04:38] Dr. Jattu’s Attending Experience
  • [09:58] Looking After your Mental Health
  • [11:00] Current Activities and What to Expect
  • [17:37] Summarizing Sustainable Well-Being
  • [20:47] Advice for Non-Traditional Path Takers
  • [26:52] Changes in the US Healthcare System
  • [28:46] Conclusion

Sustainable Well-Being

Dr. Jattu’s journey to become an OBGYN physician would not have been accomplished if it had not been for her well-being. She takes on the advice that students should be very mindful of their own sustainable well-being and not put it as just an afterthought. To maximize the practice for the patients, you have to make sure that you are in the proper headspace to perform your tasks. Mental health transcends from your internal actions and mindset to how you project and communicate with patients.

Branching Out Your Interest

Your journey to becoming a physician is not the same as the rest of your peers. Aside from being in a proper state of mind, you should also consider engaging in interests outside of the practices. It takes skill to be good at what you are doing, but you should also consider if you are happy as well. You can always consider other activities that may also be revenue-generating while pursuing your passion and career.


Reach out to Jattu Senesie through her website or you can also communicate with her through her instagram page. Got questions, feedback, or suggestions? Send a message to Dr. Erkeda DeRouen’s Instagram or MedSchoolCoach’s Instagram.

Erkeda DeRouen

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, followed by completing medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed residency at The University of Maryland Family and Community Medicine Program. After that, she worked at an underserved community health center, and currently is an Associate Medical Director of a telemedicine company. She recently became one of the first 1,000 lifestyle medicine certified physicians in the world! Her areas of interest include: health equity and eliminating health disparities, service of underserved populations, HIV management, transgender care, mentorship, and lifestyle medicine.

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