Raymond Farquharson, administrative director of radiology at Lawrence Hospital Center, shares his passion for his career with students throughout Westchester and the world. He wants them to understand that there are other career choices in the medical field besides becoming a doctor or a nurse.
“You have options in health care,” Farquharson said. “There are so many other opportunities in the ancillary services that make such great careers. In radiology for example, we have technologists that specialize in mammography, Cat Scan ultrasound, X-ray, to list a few.”
Farquharson has been visiting local high and middle schools in Mount Vernon, Yonkers and New Rochelle for the past three years exposing students to a career in radiology. One of the advantages he points out is the flexibility in schedules since these services are needed around the clock in the hospital setting.
He also gives students tours of the facilities at Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville as part of the Science Technology Engineering and Math program. Last year, Farquharson provided a tour to students from Nigeria.
“It was amazing to share with them,” he said. “The questions they had, how they compared our level of technology with the technology in Nigeria. They sent me emails from Nigeria describing how meaningful the trip was, how much they learned and how they are doing in school. It is a moving experience.”
A native of Jamaica, Farquharson and his wife Delia now live in Mount Vernon with their two daughters. He says he enjoys giving back to the community in different ways. Every Tuesday he goes to an elementary school in Mount Vernon to read to students in kindergarten. He works individually with a couple of little boys who are below grade level.
“It is truly fulfilling,” Farquharson said. “I feel blessed. Reading with the young ones helps me appreciate the value of reading and makes me feel like I am making a contribution to our collective futures and to the educational growth of these students.”