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Pediatricians Lucy Marcil and Michael Hole Are Doing Taxes in the Waiting Room

Zac Jan 22

Today I had the pleasure to interview pediatricians Lucy Marcil and Michael Hole. Lucy is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University and a pediatrician out of Boston Medical Center and Michael Hole is a professor of pediatrics at University of Texas.

Pediatricians by day, social entrepreneurs by night, they have started a company called Street Cred, a non-profit that provides free tax prep in hospitals and clinics targeting families eligible for the earned income tax credit.

They are inspirational and their company is already transforming people's lives by putting money back into the pocket of the under privileged. The story of how they met, why they got into pediatrics and a patient encounter that became the catalyst for Street Cred, will motivate you to pursue your deepest passions.


“If you do what you are supposed to do, and your heart isn't in it, at the end of the day you are going to get burnt out, and you are going to find yourself 40 or 50 and wondering why you led someone else's life.  More then ever, I am determined to live my own life and do the work that I care about.”

“Have patience in this process.  The risk for pediatricians who want to become entrepreneurs is that they will lock themselves up in a room and try to think of something that they can do. And every single thing that Lucy and I have ever done, has come from this unexpected life altering moment with someone. I could not have predicted that that mom would have said, how about we do taxes in the waiting room?”


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Show Notes


1:47- Why Michael was drawn to medicine and pediatrics

4:33- How Lucy was inspired to work in medicine

9:16- The beginnings of Street Cred and their mission

15:46- How can Pediatricians get started with their ideas?

“What’s that thing that gets you fired up in the morning?”

21:35- Lucy’s thoughts on making the most of one’s career

The spark that motivated Lucy and Michael to make a change

22:18- Michael

28:58- How doctors can fight gentrification and help reach the at-need population


“Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese
-a novel following a physician through India, Ethiopia, and New York City

“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson
-a book exploring racial injustice and disparity in America

“Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance
-a book about white poverty and the culture of Middle America

"We Need to Talk About an Injustice"
Ted Talk from Bryan Stevenson, author of “Just Mercy”

Get in touch with Lucy and Michael


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