Ann Marie McDermott, MD, is an obstetrics and gynecology physician with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), offering services at LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology-Palmer Township and LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology-Pond Road. She takes time to reflect during Black History Month.
Ann Marie McDermott, MD, Encourages Others to Reflect
At LVHN, we recognize Black History Month by sharing colleague stories
What does Black History Month mean to you?
It means a time to pause and reflect on achievements of Black and African Americans from all walks of life. It’s a moment to feel pride for all that we as a group have accomplished over time and what I, in my small way, have contributed.
How has your culture influenced resiliency along your professional journey?
Being Afro-Caribbean, I can identify with African Americans. Our forefathers bore similar struggles, and there is an inherent drive to succeed at whatever goals we set to achieve despite the obstacles we face. With limited role models, especially in our field, it is important to be exemplary and help pave an easier path for those who come after us.
What advice would you give to colleagues during Black history month?
Never forget your past because that is the foundation of your future. Remember to be supportive of your fellow man or woman on your climb to the top. To those from other cultures, know that there is so much our culture and history have to offer. Don’t let your interest be limited or confined to February.