Lauren’s Blog


Sept. 30, 2013

And So It Has Begun

Hello all! I’m really excited to share a little bit of my last few months with you!  Has it really been over two months already?? Sometimes I can’t even believe I’m a medical student…FINALLY.  It feels like as perspective medical students, we work towards this for so long, and now I get to actually be where I want to be. Everything I do now just counts towards my professional goals, and I love it.

Okay, so who is Lauren Gunderman? Just a quick synopsis of “me”: I was born and raised in Hillsboro, Ohio, a small farm town an hour southwest of Dayton. I am the third of six kids, (Interesting fact: three girls and three boys in that order), and I would never do anything to change that.  Big families rock and I adore my siblings! I went to undergrad in Cleveland, Ohio at John Carroll University and graduated with a Biology major. Some of my best experiences there: being a Resident Assistant (helps so much with clinical skills!), being near a big city for the first time in my life, and all the amazing food Cleveland has to offer. And of course many more academically related things…;)  

And now I’m back in southern Ohio! I’ve never lived in Dayton before this, but it’s a great mix between big city/small town. I stopped interviewing after I was accepted to Boonshoft because it was just a perfect fit for me: a primary care focus, block scheduling (one or two classes at a time), and the people were so amazing when I came here. You’ll hear it all the time and think it’s bogus, but no joke!  My classmates have really made this journey a challenging but exciting ride. 

And now for a little synopsis of my last few months: well, it started out pretty slowly and the first two weeks were more about meeting classmates (and studying for Human Development when you weren’t meeting new people). We all say they wean you into medical school here by starting with HD, which is nice because when the more time-consuming classes hit, it’s great to already have a good support system and/or study group worked out. Here’s a little hint to where we are now…Lab, Lab, and more lab. You guessed it: ANATOMY!  I’d say most of us were really excited to get in the lab at first, considering many of us had not worked on a real Donor before, and it’s still really neat…but the excitement dies down a little when you’re on week eight (and haven’t washed your scrubs yet…shhhh).  But we’re almost there! And I could have never done it without our amazing professors (three cheers for Dr. Neider, Dr, K, Dan Miska, and our TAs!) and my insanely supportive classmates.  

Yes, it’s busy. And yes, we sometimes spend Friday nights in the lab after dinner or are those crazy people who pull out their notes at the local Applebee’s. But we find time for fun, whether it’s being aggressive on an indoor soccer team or at a “bone-studying” party. I am so happy to be where I am right now.  My family, although I get to see them less than I would like, is extremely supportive; and it isn’t hard to keep a positive attitude when your peers are there to help you along the way, just as you are there for them. Some great advice: any type of patient interaction you can do only serves to increase your passion and helps you see ahead to what comes after all the school work. Recently, I have been accepted into the Early Clinical Experiences Program here at Boonshoft, our medical’s first step at getting first and second years into the clinic as soon as possible. I can’t wait to finish learning all my exam skills and to work alongside a physician regularly! Of course, I’ll let you guys know how it goes. So much is happening and time is flying by fast…can’t wait to write again!

Have a great week,

~Lauren ☺