Meet our September Member of the Month, Roxanne Boyd, MD, a Louisiana native doing what she loves close to home.
Dr. Boyd attended college at the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, where she majored in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Scientific Inquiry and a minor in biology. She graduated medical school from LSUHSC-New Orleans in 2015 and then completed her family medicine residency training at Baton Rouge General Hospital. Dr. Boyd went on to complete an advanced women’s health and surgical obstetrics fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Memphis, St. Francis campus.
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Get to Know Dr. Boyd
Tell us about your family.
I have a wonderful daughter Zoe, and we have one dog and two cats.
Tell us about your practice and thoughts on what it means to be a family physician.
I currently work in my dream job as full time faculty at the LSU Family Medicine Residency Program in Alexandria, practicing and teaching full scope family medicine in a community hospital. Family medicine as a specialty is ever challenging and never boring, and it offers so much flexibility in practice patterns, so as to accommodate happiness from most who choose it for a career.
Do you remember your personal statement from medical school, and how does that compare to where you are today?
My personal statement from medical school was mostly about how medical mission work inspired me to become a physician. To date, I have gone on five medical mission trips, and plan on many more in the years to come.
What is something the “real world” has taught you about being a family physician that medical school didn’t teach you?
Family physicians are well equipped to be very involved in hospital leadership and in the political arena. We can be effective agents of positive change, often in a way that physicians in other specialties cannot. We understand the whole family dynamic when advocating for these changes, such as the AAFP’s policy work toward encouragement of breastfeeding. Family medicine is prepared to approach this issue from a maternal and neonatal perspective, which is unique amongst the other specialties.
What brings you joy in your work?
My biggest joy is watching residents and students progress in their confidence and knowledge of family medicine, and derive their own joy from their careers.
Who or what influenced your teaching career?
I am fortunate enough to have had excellent mentors in family medicine, including Dr. Vincent Shaw, Dr. Wayne Gravois in residency training, Dr. Anna Chollet in Memphis, and Dr. Michael Madden here in Alexandria. They all inspired me to teach the next generation of students and residents and hopefully inspire them to be well rounded family medicine physicians.
If you weren’t a physician, what would you be doing with your career right now?
I have never considered another career, but I suppose if I had to choose another career it would be some type of healthcare advocacy work focusing on women’s health.
What goals have you set for your future?
I hope to continue teaching and advocating for women’s health in Louisiana.