Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Peggy Falace, January 21, 2019

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Family

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Partial Transcript: Hi, I'm Karen Clancy.

Segment Synopsis: Dr. Peggy Falace is introduced. She talks about growing up in Campbellsville, Kentucky. She talks about her parents' careers and her family's store.

Keywords: Family farms; Fathers; Grandparents; Jobs; Mothers; Sisters; Stores; University of Kentucky; Western Auto Supply Company; Work

Subjects: Campbellsville (Ky.); Childhood; Employment--Kentucky; Families.

00:04:30 - Family's emphasis on education

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Partial Transcript: So it sounds like your parents both though were educated and, and created a culture of education possibly for you.

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about her family's views on education, beginning with her grandmother who was a teacher. She talks about her early interest in being a doctor and her family's attitudes about her dream. She talks about her early education experiences.

Keywords: Attitudes; Careers; Churches; Classes; Colleges; Doctors; Expectations; Goals; Graduating class; Grandmothers; Medical missionary; Mothers; Schools; Science; Students; Teachers

Subjects: Campbellsville (Ky.); Childhood; Education--Kentucky; Families.; Physicians--Kentucky; Women physicians.; Women--Employment.

00:08:53 - Undergraduate education and applying for medical school

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Partial Transcript: And so then when you got ready to apply for college, um, did you apply to multiple colleges, or?

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about her undergraduate education, first at Campbellsville University then at the University of Kentucky. She talks about the support of her advisor and her family in applying for and working toward medical school. She talks about the interview process for med school and her parents' reactions when she was accepted.

Keywords: 1968; Advisors; Application process; Applications; Attitudes; Background; Campbellsville University; Classes; Courses; Encouragement; Finances; German (language); Interviews; Latin (language); Medical schools; Mentors; Parents; Pre-med; Reactions; Scholarships; Science; Science fairs

Subjects: College choice; College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Medical education; Medicine.; Sex discrimination in employment.; Sex role in the work environment.; Sex role.; Sexism.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky. College of Medicine; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Women physicians.; Women--Employment.

00:15:38 - Medical school

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Partial Transcript: And so then you moved to Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about her living arrangements in college and medical school. She talks about the low number of women in her classes, her paranoia the first few weeks and how that impacted the behavioral testing they underwent, and describes her study habits.

Keywords: Apartments; Behavioral testing; Biochemistry; Difficulty; Dormitories; Dorms; Dropping out; Feelings; Lexington (Ky.); Living arrangements; Paranoia; Quitting; Relationships; Roommates; Rumors; Smoking; Study groups; Studying; Support

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Medical education; Medicine.; Physicians--Kentucky; Sex discrimination in employment.; Sex role in the work environment.; Sex role.; Sexism.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky. College of Medicine; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Women physicians.; Women--Employment.

00:23:55 - Clerkships

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Partial Transcript: So then on the third year, you started doing your clinical clerkships.

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about her relief when clerkships began. She talks about her assignment in general surgery and the discrimination she and another woman experienced. She describes a typical day during her clerkships.

Keywords: Assignments; Attitudes; Chair of General Surgery; Challenges; Clerkships; Clinical rotations; Difficulty; Favorite; General surgery; Hard work; Patient history; Patient-doctor relationships; Patients; Procedures; Relationships; Relief; Treatment; Typical day

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Medical education; Medicine.; Physicians--Kentucky; Sex discrimination in employment.; Sex role in the work environment.; Sex role.; Sexism.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky. College of Medicine; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Women physicians.; Women--Employment.

00:31:29 - Internships

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Partial Transcript: So, a, as you're ending your third year, going into your fourth year, at what point are you thinking about your internship?

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about marrying her husband while in medical school. She talks about her internship and residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Keywords: Applications; Dentists; Husbands; Internships; Married; Pediatrics; Residency; UNC-Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Families.; Marriage; Medical education; Medicine.; Universities and colleges.; Women physicians.; Women--Employment.

00:34:09 - Medical school--Women physicians

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Partial Transcript: Um, thinking about your last couple years at UK in med school during your clerkship times and then also at Chapel Hill...

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about the attitudes she experienced as a female physician from patients and fellow faculty members. She talks about how her gender influenced her decision to specialize in pediatrics.

Keywords: Acceptance; Attitudes; Children; Clerkships; Internships; Medical schools; Mentors; Mothers; Numbers; Patient-doctor relationships; Patients; Pediatrics; Relationships; UNC-Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Medical education; Medicine.; Physicians--Kentucky; Sex role in the work environment.; Sex role.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky. College of Medicine; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Women physicians.; Women--Employment.

00:36:38 - Career in pediatric genetics

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Partial Transcript: And so when you got out of your residency, a--was your husband also done with his--

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about her family's decision to move back to Kentucky after her residency. She talks about how she became involved in the field of pediatric genetics and dysmorphology.

Keywords: Birth defects; Children; Decisions; Dental schools; Development; Disorders; Dysmorphology; Family; Founders; Genetics; Grandparents; Home; Human genome; Husbands; Leadership; Metabolism; Organizations; Parents; Patients; Pediatrics; Phenylketonuria (PKU); Positions; Progress; Teratology

Subjects: Families.; Medicine.; Physicians--Kentucky; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Women physicians.; Women--Employment.

00:43:45 - Career change to pathology

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Partial Transcript: So how did you get pulled into the career change?

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about how she became interested in the field of pathology over the course of her career. She talks about how she arranged to complete a residency in pathology later in her career.

Keywords: Birth defects; Career changes; Careers; Diagnosis; Embryology; Fellowships; Interests; Mentors; Miscarriages; Pathology; Pediatrics; Recurrence; Residency; Specialties; Specialty; Stillbirths; UNC-Chapel Hill; Undergraduate education; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Subjects: College environment; Medical education; Medicine.; Physicians--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky. College of Medicine; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Women physicians.

00:49:43 - Work with Shriners Hospitals for Children

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Partial Transcript: You did some work also with crippled children's--with Shriners?

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about how she became involved in working with Shriners Hospitals for Children in Lexington.

Keywords: Children; General orthopedic clinics; Genetics; Inherited; Neural defects clinics; Pediatrics; Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington

Subjects: Medicine.; Physicians--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. College of Medicine; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Women physicians.

00:52:17 - Career timeline

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Partial Transcript: So how many years--you worked there for a while and then you went back to UK?

Segment Synopsis: Falace describes the timeline of her career from her residency at UNC, her work at UK, her work with Shriners, and her current work in Mt. Sterling and Winchester.

Keywords: Biopsies; Careers; Community hospitals; Family; General pathology; Mt. Sterling (Ky.); Pathology; Residency; Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington; Surgical pathology; Time commitments; Timelines; Winchester (Ky.)

Subjects: Families.; Medicine.; Physicians--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky. College of Medicine; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Women physicians.

00:54:58 - Impact of her career on her life

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned that you had, um, married your husband in your second--between your second and third year and that also you had a child.

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about how she managed to find a balance between family and work. She talks about her relationships with her patients. She talks about how her career changed her as a person.

Keywords: Accomplishments; Bonds; Career highlights; Career paths; Careers; Changes; Childcare; Childhood; Children; Choices; Family life; Hard work; Husbands; Immature; Impact; Learning; Memories; Money; Naive; Naivety; Patient-doctor relationships; Patients; Relationships; Support; Work-life balance

Subjects: Families.; Marriage; Medicine.; Physicians--Kentucky; Sex role.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. College of Medicine; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Women physicians.; Women--Employment.

01:01:51 - Advice for students

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Partial Transcript: What advice would you give to students today that are, uh, interested in a medical career?

Segment Synopsis: Falace talks about what advice she would give to prospective medical students. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Advice; Help; Reasons; Self-interest; Service

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Medical education; Medicine.; Universities and colleges.