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unfailing support made the grueling years of
medical study and training tolerable. They
married in 2018 and have accumulated a fur
family of 4 dogs (3 are St. Bernards) and 3
cats-all rescues except one.
My younger son earned a degree in computer
science from Millersville University just six years
ago, and through a combination of hard work,
natural ability, and a talent for communication
and teamwork he is now leading an important
software project for the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services. He lives in York, PA and
has his own fur family consisting of one totally
adorable 12-year-old Pomeranian adopted from a
rescue organization.
MR: You are known to have many interests outside of medicine.
Would you share some of those interests and why they are
important to you?
I spent most of my childhood living in the country in the
snowbelt south of Buffalo, NY. We had 20 acres with a barn, a
pond, and a small valley with a creek running through it. My father
grew up in Scranton, PA at a time when scouting was THE activity
for boys and his enjoyment of outdoor pursuits lasted a lifetime,
although he spent his workdays in a laboratory doing research in
embryology. My mother had spent all her summers out of doors on
the Maine coast and had earned a Master's degree in Plant Science
before marrying my father. She knew the names of most native
plants and learned which ones made good eating. My father kept
chickens for the eggs, tapped sugar maples to make maple syrup
every spring, cultivated large vegetable gardens, kept bees for a
time, and planted many trees on our land. When I am outdoors,
especially in a park or natural area, that is when I feel most at home.
My enjoyment of the outdoors received a major boost about
20 years ago when I got a look at some birds through my sister's
top-notch binoculars. It was like suddenly acquiring a superpower!
I became hooked on birding, and the more I learned to recognize
different birds, their habits and their songs, the richer my time
outdoors became. Few things can lift my mood like a good bird
sighting, a day at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, or a trip to Cape May.
MR: You have certainly been a leader in the Berks County
Medical Society for many years including now as the editor of
the Medical Record. Why has your work with the BCMS been
important to you and in particular what is your motivation
to ensure that the Medical Record remains a thoughtful and
informative publication?
Saying yes when I was invited to join the BCMS Executive
Council a few years after I arrived in Berks County was one of the
best decisions I have made. It lifted me out of the isolated silo of
office practice, providing valuable perspective and the experience
of working with a congenial, dedicated group of peers. For a

long time showing up to meetings and
occasionally sharing my views were the only
contributions I felt able to make due to
the demands of patient care and mothering
young children. But through those
meetings I gained a wider perspective on
issues affecting the local medical community
and came to know a group of physicians I
admire tremendously for their dedication
to advancing the profession and protecting
the interests of our patients. It is a group
that shares many of my values and I am
fortunate to count a number of them as
close friends.
Serving as editor of the Medical Record
has allowed me to be instrumental in raising
awareness of many issues of importance to physicians and the general
public alike. Examples include the importance of foreign medical
graduates to the U.S. healthcare system, medical marijuana, and
the social determinants of health, to name a few. In the process of
acting as editor I have expanded my own knowledge and have had
the privilege of being in contact with some of the most interesting
and accomplished members of our Berks County community.
MR: As you retire what thoughts do you have for your colleagues
and what advice would you give to a young physician such as
your son beginning their career?
Most importantly, take care of yourself, because only if you do
this can you be present for your loved ones and your patients. Also
take care of your colleagues. Ask how they are doing and really
listen. Be on the lookout for signs of depression and burnout and
respond when you detect them in yourself or others-without
waiting for a crisis. Become informed about the resources available
to physicians who are struggling and do not hesitate to access them.
MR: Finally, what are your plans now? Few careers are busier
than one in medicine. How do you plan to adjust and to use
your " free time " ? Any new life goals at this point?
My plans are the ordinary ones: organize and declutter my home
(dream on!), spend more time with family and friends (Zoom is ok,
but in-person will feel so much better!), devote more time to selfcare
(I finally began a regular meditation practice) and continue my
involvement with the medical society and the Baird Ornithological
Club for the benefit of my colleagues, bird life, and the Berks
County community.
MR: Thank you Lucy for sharing these thoughts with us and
for all that you have contributed to the care of patients and
the support of your colleagues. Because of your efforts, Berks
County is certainly a better and healthier community. Best
wishes to you in all of your adventures that lie ahead.

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