The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Overcoming Obstacles in Medicine and Obesity

Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Alicia Shelly, a board certified internal medicine and obesity medicine physician. She is also the host of the Back on Track: Overcoming Weight Regain podcast. For more than 7 years now, she has been helping people lose and maintain weight to achieve better health.

Today Erkeda chats with Dr. Shelly about her medical journey, obesity medicine, and tips for how to stay in shape with a hectic schedule.

  • [00:34] Dr. Shelly’s Medical Journey and Background
  • [06:25] Why Internal Medicine?
  • [14:33] Obesity Medicine
  • [18:22] Staying Healthy with a Busy Schedule
  • [25:50] Dr. Shelly’s Passions Outside of Medicine
  • [30:42] Dr. Shelly’s Advice to Pre-meds and Medical Students

Why Internal Medicine?

Dr. Shelly wanted to become an OB-GYN because of her interest in women’s health. Unfortunately, she was unable to match. She considered family medicine as an alternative but could not bear seeing children sick. These events eventually led her to internal medicine where she discovered her preference for primary care practice. Dr. Shelly enjoys building relationships with her patients and getting to know them. To her, being a physician means caring for people at their lowest point.

Obesity Medicine Board Certification

At one of her summer research programs, Dr. Shelly worked with an attending physician who practiced obesity medicine. It was this experience that opened the door for her. In her own life, Dr. Shelly struggled with her weight so she was personally drawn to the field. After residency, she became a board certified obesity medicine physician. It’s not just about a temporary exercise regimen or meal plan, obesity medicine is about lifestyle change using evidence based techniques. Dr. Shelly observes that obesity medicine is relevant, no matter what specialization you are in.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle in Medicine

The first two years of medical school are fairly structured, so it’s easier to set aside time for exercise and leisure activities. As your schedule becomes more busy and unpredictable, it’s important to find alternative ways for self-care. Find new ways to incorporate movement into your day. Take a 10 minute walk, use the stairs more, or increase your daily step count. Another thing to be mindful of is your diet. Include more vegetables and fruits. Make healthy choices whenever available. Get as much sleep as you can during off hours. Small habits like these can positively contribute to your overall health.

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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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