Becoming a Physician

Scholarship recipients share their experiences as UF medical students

About Lauren Simmons

  • Profile: Hello! My name is Lauren Simmons, and I was born and raised in sunny South Florida but took a detour to the northeast to study chemical-biological engineering at MIT. My interest in medicine started when I was a young child when I would spend numerous hours at the eye doctor trying to correct my amblyopia.... Learn more about Lauren


Posts by Lauren Simmons:

Thank you, University of Florida College of Medicine

Posted: May 6th, 2015 •• Category: Uncategorized

I am very thankful to the UF COM family —all of the faculty and staff I have worked with over the years during this journey through medical school. In particular, I would like to thank Dr. Heather Harrell for her physical exam expertise, creative interactive case-based teaching sessions and for helping me see my passion for […]

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Cruising to the finish line

Posted: Apr 28th, 2015 •• Category: Uncategorized

I recently completed my last clinical rotation of fourth year and I spent it on the Mobile Outreach Clinic (MOC) Bus. The goal of the MOC is to travel to underserved communities of Gainesville to provide basic medical care. This experience was a great way to end fourth year because I got to spend weeks […]

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The interview trail — with a surprise ending

Posted: Jan 29th, 2015 •• Category: Uncategorized

From coast to coast and north to south, I racked up quite a few frequent-flyer miles and put some extra miles on my car during the interview season. Two months of packing and unpacking suitcases gets old fast, along with nonstop traveling, but overall it was fun going to different places. On the journey, I […]

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More rotations and the upcoming interview season

Posted: Nov 13th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

Since my last post, I have been busy cultivating my skills in the area of cardiology on the inpatient consultation service at UF Health Shands Hospital. During the few weeks I spent on this team, I read numerous EKGs daily and markedly improved my EKG interpretation skills along with learning some tips for working up […]

Fourth year is here!

Posted: Aug 27th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

It is hard to believe I am eight months away from graduating medical school; it seems like only yesterday I was at orientation. To begin my fourth year I traveled to  NYC for some shopping and good food and saw the Broadway play “Wicked.” I had an amazing time. Then I went home to visit my […]

Outpatient medicine: Prevention starts here

Posted: May 1st, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

For the past few months, I have been in the community working in outpatient clinics for internal medicine and family medicine. During my first three weeks, I worked with internists and geriatricians to better understand the needs of adult and elderly patient populations in Gainesville. For my family medicine rotation I was able to reunite […]

Go med, go red: Grad Cup domination

Posted: Mar 17th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

Lauren Simmons Each spring an inter-professional school competition is held between the medical, dental, law and pharmacy colleges called Grad Cup. There are five sporting events that include softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball and flag football along with a blood drive and T-shirt competition. For the third straight year the medical school has won the overall […]

Touching new life

Posted: Jan 15th, 2014 •• Category: Uncategorized

Lauren Simmons When I started my pediatrics rotation I was extremely nervous because it seemed as though I was the only person in my class who had never held a baby. Most of the children I’ve interacted with have at least been walking age. Twenty minutes into my pediatrics orientation I found out my first […]

Sutures and knots: The basics of surgery

Posted: Nov 7th, 2013 •• Category: Uncategorized

Lauren Simmons Before starting my surgery rotation I was very nervous because of the comments I heard from upperclassmen about their experiences. The most frequent complaints were rarely having time to eat a decent meal and that sleep came at a premium. Fortunately for me, my first specialty was the otolaryngology service, which has a good […]

Internal medicine: The foundation of it all

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2013 •• Category: Uncategorized

Lauren Simmons It’s hard to believe it has already been eight weeks since I first donned my white coat as a third-year medical student seeking to positively impact the lives of others. I have just finished my first clinical rotation of the year, in internal medicine spending the first half at the Gainesville VA and […]