The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

From Biomedical Engineer to Obesity Medicine Specialist in Private Practice

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Kerry Reller who is a board certified family medicine and obesity medicine physician. Dr. Reller shares about how she transitioned from being a biomedical engineer into becoming an obesity medicine specialist in private practice.

  • [00:58] Dr. Reller’s Medical Journey and Background
  • [04:23] Why Family Medicine?
  • [07:18] Dr. Reller’s Private Practice
  • [14:11] Obesity Medicine Board Certification
  • [19:12] How to Incorporate Obesity Medicine in Your Practice
  • [25:22] What Dr. Reller Would Change in Healthcare

Obesity Medicine in Private Practice

In medical school, students are taught the basics of nutrition and lifestyle medicine. However, this knowledge is not enough. The board certification in obesity medicine provides more in-depth training and insight on food, exercise, and hormones. By helping patients make healthier choices in their everyday lives, it helps reduce chances of comorbidities.

Remote Patient Monitoring

Physicians can set specific days to practice obesity medicine or incorporate it into their daily practice. For Dr. Reller, she does the latter. She allots longer consultation periods for her patients and also monitors them outside of the clinic through remote devices. Through the use of scales, sports watches, food journals and other monitoring tools, she holds her patients accountable to their lifestyle choices. Since there is data on their activity, there is an increased chance of success and compliance.

Reach out to Dr. Kerry Reller through Instagram or Facebook. 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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