LaGrone headshot 01Arden is a fourth-year medical student at LSU Health New Orleans. She grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Lafayette High School and still calls Lafayette home. Her mom is a substitute teacher, her dad is an IT program manager. She has one younger sister who just completed her undergraduate degree at LSU in Ecology.

We asked Arden how she chose to become a physician. She stated, “Medicine is something that I have always found interesting. I have pictures of myself at 6 years old dressed up as a doctor at school for “what do you want to be when you grow up” day. As I got older and started to learn a little bit more about the actual science of medicine, I realized that the human body is fascinating and it is such an awesome opportunity to get to study it more in depth. The thing that really made me decide I wanted to pursue medicine was when I realized there was such a need in Louisiana for better access to healthcare, and I could help bridge the gap!”

Arden is a fourth-year medical student at LSU Health New Orleans. The Rural Scholars Track at LSUHSC School of Medicine—New Orleans was created to directly address this dire physician shortage. The RST is designed to recruit highly motivated students who are committed to practicing primary-care medicine in rural areas of Louisiana. Arden describes her experience, “Being a Rural Scholar has been an amazing opportunity. Part of the program is that I completed my 3rd year of medical school at University Hospital and Clinics in Lafayette, and the opportunities that I got to work hands on with both attending physicians and patients were amazing. I feel as though it has truly helped to prepare me with skills that I will need as I transition into residency. Part of the program is that I also had a preceptor and had the opportunity to work with them on a weekly basis, and having that long term relationship has also been phenomenal.”

Arden biggest for this year is to match into a family medicine residency program. She describes this process “as fairly daunting right now.” We asked why she chose the specialty of family medicine. She stated, “I believe that family medicine is a specialty that builds meaningful relationships with patients and is capable of making significant change in the health outcomes of people in Louisiana. An important way that will be accomplished is through the next generation of family physicians learning from those physicians that have come before them and building upon the foundation they have created.” She continues, “I think that family medicine is a great field of medicine, and one of the best parts is that because you see a broad spectrum of patients you are able to be an advocate for many different groups of people in your community. Many people I feel go into medicine wanting to make a difference, but just are not sure how. By introducing students to how family medicine can impact the community through things such as service or policy, I think it will help people to see that they would fit very nicely into family medicine!” After residency, she plans to practice somewhere in Southwest Louisiana and work with underserviced communities.

Arden is the recipient of the 2022 Scholars for Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, Student Delegate to the LAFP Board of Directors and Student Delegate to National Conference. She loves all things music and is a classically trained clarinetist. The LAFP is honored to recognized Arden LaGrone as our August Member of the Month!

LAFP’s Member of the Month program highlights Louisiana family physicians in the Weekly Family Medicine Update and on the LAFP website. We feature a biography and a Q&A with a different LAFP member each month and his or her unique approach to family medicine. If you know an outstanding family physician colleague who you think should be featured as a Member of the Month or if you’d like to tell your own story, nominate yourself or your colleague by contacting Lee Ann Albert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 225.301.1947.

 

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