The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Megan Flynn who is an orthopedic surgeon in sports medicine. Outside of medicine, she is the founding manager of fitness studio Rise Nation Chicago. Today, Dr. Flynn talks about the practice of orthopedic sports medicine and how students can gain exposure in that field.

  • [00:56] Why Orthopedic Sports Medicine?
  • [07:39] How to Practice Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • [14:35] Gain Experience in Sports Medicine
  • [17:50] Dr. Flynn’s Passions Outside of Medicine
  • [19:57] Dr. Flynn’s Advice to Pre-meds and Medical Students

Practice Models of Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Nowadays it’s very common for sports medicine physicians to provide sideline care. They cover sporting events to ensure the safety of the athletes before, during, and after competitions. Orthopedic sports physicians are primarily concerned with tendons, ligaments, and joints. Muscle repair, both surgical or non-surgical, is within their expertise. They often work closely with physical therapists to help patients get into tip top shape.

Advice for Pursuing Orthopedics

Many students are concerned about the time it takes to become a physician. Dr. Flynn advises you to pursue medicine if it’s your passion because time will pass anyway. The most important thing is that you’re doing what you want to do. Check in with yourself every 6 months to evaluate if you’re still enjoying your path. If you find yourself unhappy, you always have the option to choose a different direction. Don’t let the sunk cost fallacy influence your decision.

Exposure to Sports Medicine

Reach out to your local sports medicine department to see if there are any learning or work opportunities for you. You can also volunteer to be at the sidelines for sports events. Reach out to athletic trainers and offer to help out. Join a sports medicine interest group or form your own to find other like-minded students. Seek out mentorship from experienced sports medicine physicians.


Reach out to Dr. Megan Flynn through Instagram or MedSchoolCoach. 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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