Anne Boyd, MD, FACSM
Physician, LifeWellness Institute, San Diego, California
Dr. Boyd is a family physician at the LifeWellness Institute in San Diego, California. She has served as director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Kaweah Delta in central California, as director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program and an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and has practiced as a sports medicine physician at a large subspecialty orthopedic practice. Dr. Boyd has lectured and published extensively.
You have been an ACSM member since 2003. How has ACSM grown and changed since then?
ACSM has always had a mission to pursue new advances in research and promote physical health and activity. Over the last decade, the world has seen incredible medical advances. Moreover, we now appreciate that the unanswered questions that remain are infinite. Sports medicine is no different. ACSM has risen to explore these challenges and has grown and progressed as an organization as it has embraced the unexplored and expanded its focus. Today, ACSM is recognized as an organization that crosses many disciplines and approaches sports medicine as a field with great depth and the potential for tremendous expansion, driven by the innovation of science and the curiosity of the human mind.
What was it like to be a clinician a decade ago compared to today?
In 2003, the term “sports medicine” required a bit of explanation. Since then, I have watched the field of sports medicine go from a cool conversation starter to a well-recognized, respected, international field of medicine. Now, you can’t walk a block without seeing something with “Sports Medicine” on it!
People have a better understanding of the role of a sports medicine physician. That said, it is my hope that the future will promote the field of sports medicine as one which addresses not only the musculoskeletal aspects of an athlete, but one which incorporates the pathophysiology of all systems of the body, from the cellular to the structural level, and the science of sports medicine as it relates to all the complex conditions that affect any active individual.
What is your best advice to other Sports Medicine clinicians?
Get involved, network, and help each other. There are many members of ACSM, but most are on the periphery. Becoming an active member of ACSM not only allows for professional growth, but getting involved also “keeps your head in the game.” Today, no matter what you do, work is crazy and busy. But I have found that staying invested, involved and active fuels the curiosity and enthusiasm that lead me to the field of sports medicine in the first place. To me, it makes the difference between enjoying a job and loving what I do.