Lauren Wurster, D.P.M.'16 ProfilePosition(s)StudentDoctor of Podiatric Medicine ProgramHome town: Plainfield, IL Undergrad school: University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology Age: 22Class: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – Class of 2016Why did you choose DMU?When I visited DMU for my interview, I was amazed by how great all of the facilities were. The technology at DMU was unlike anything I had ever experienced, and in combination with the supportive faculty and rigorous curriculum, I was confident that it would provide me with the highest quality of education. Also, the inter-professional atmosphere and wide exposure to different aspects of medicine was very enticing to me. Overall, I felt that DMU and the Des Moines area was somewhere I could see myself being for my podiatric education and the next chapter in my life.Were you surprised by anything in the program?I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I could get involved being a first year student. After my first two months, I have attended several lectures given by podiatric professionals throughout the country, participated in the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out to Fight Diabetes walk, helped out at the post-race foot care booth for Run DMU, and attended a knot tying clinic!Any advice for prospective students?Be sure to consider not only a school’s curriculum, but other aspects of life as well to make sure that it is the best fit for you! Ask many questions to get as much information as possible and try to picture if you could see yourself living there.Extracurricular activities/club involvement at DMU:There are so many ways to get involved on campus, no matter what your interests are! I am currently the vice president of my class, 1st year liaison for AAPSM, and member of SCACFAS, ACFAOM, and HCO.Career objectives:After residency, my goal is to work in either a group practice or hospital. Also, I would like to get involved in the sports medicine aspect of podiatry by becoming a collegiate or professional team podiatrist.