The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Getting Through Medical School

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Dolapo Babalola, a triple-board certified physician who specializes in family, lifestyle, and obesity medicine. She is currently a professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, a wellness company owner, and a podcaster. For today’s episode, Dr. Dolapo gives advice on how students can cope with medical school.

  • [00:44] Introducing Dr. Dolapo Babalola
  • [02:50] Wellness Recommendation for Medical Students
  • [06:50] Extra Certifications for Family Medications
  • [12:15] Dr. Babalola’s Other Activities
  • [14:55] Changes in the Current Healthcare System
  • [[19:58] Advice for Medical Students

Prioritizing Oneself

As a professor of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Babalola always advises her students to prioritize self-care and sleep. Being in the medical field, the environment of such a demanding industry can be hectic and overwhelming, so she encourages her students to have proper time management and have an organized to-do list of which will be very useful in times of rotating shifts and duties. Prioritizing self-care as well as having proper time management will encourage students to perform at their best in front of their patients and be flexible to their environments.

Maximizing Your Medical Journey

Nowadays, medical students are more capable of being flexible in school while broadening their knowledge in particular areas of study. Medical schools now offer training courses for particular applications of medicine, in which students can gain knowledge and experience that may earn them extra certification in the field. It is important to understand that gaining extra information is not a total loss, but rather knowledge that could help one’s community. In terms of flexibility, students should take the time to find like-minded people that they share the same goals with. Having a team that knows and relates to you can get you far, and may offer a comfort system that could help to your self care.


Reach out to Dr. Dolapo Babalola through Instagram, Facebook,  and watch out also for her shows on Youtube. For more information about her, you can visit her website at or you can send her an email at [email protected] . 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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