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Passion Outside of Practice
It's our pleasure to highlight a Lancaster City & County Medical Society member's "passion outside of practice" in
each issue of Lancaster Physician. Beyond their commitment to health care, LCCMS members have many other
talents, skills, and interests that might surprise you. In this issue, we're thrilled to feature Lauren Hammell, D.O.,
and her passion outside of practice.

Lauren Hammell , DO
Resident, UPMC Lititz

How long have you been
participating in this activity?

I first became interested in golf around the age of
10 when my father would take me to the driving
range with him. But it was not until about four
years later and about two weeks before high
school tryouts that I became seriously interested
in golf. I competed on my high school team for
four years and continued to play competitive golf
in college at Allegheny College for four years. To
this day, I still like to play when I get the chance.

Why is this pursuit special
to you?

Golf is special to me because it is a sport that you
can play by yourself or you can play with friends.
No matter how many times you play on the same
golf course, it never plays the same. Each day, the
weather is different, which can influence how well
you play. I love the unique challenge that each
hole brings and how no two holes are the same
anywhere. It correlates very nicely to medicine
in how no two patients are alike, every day is
different, and no one diagnosis is the exact same
in any patient.

What else would you like
readers to know about this?

Passion Outside of Practice:
GOLF

Briefly describe your passion
outside of practice.

My passion outside the practice of medicine is golf.
The easiest way to describe golf is that it is played
on a golf course made up of 18 holes. Each hole
varies in length, but the goal for each hole remains
the same: get the ball in the hole in the fewest
number of strokes.

How did you develop an
interest in your passion
outside of practice?

I always had a passion for sports even before I
became a physician. Throughout high school and
college, I played golf competitively and have
continued to play for fun since. One of my favorite
things about golf is that it is an individual sport.
You can go and play nine holes by yourself if you're
looking for some quiet time, or you can get a group
of friends together and have a friendly 18-hole
competition-all while enjoying the great outdoors.

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PHYSICIAN

Golf is a great sport that you can learn to play at
any age. Just because you did not play it as a kid
growing up does not mean that you can't learn
how to play now. The best advice I have ever
received about golf is that the number one rule
is to have fun. If you're not having fun, you aren't
doing it right.



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