Lauren DeDecker is a medical student at the University of California Irvine. As a board member for the California Medical Association Foundation (CMAF), Lauren also helps oversee the Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Committee.
During medical school, Lauren has been an active volunteer at UCI Outreach Clinic, a free clinic for the local community, and Team Kipow, an organization that educates children at underserved elementary schools about healthy lifestyles. She is the Internal Medicine Interest Group student representative and doing research in microbiome and colon cancer.
Prior to medical school, Lauren worked for several years as a health coach at a primary care practice. She then worked at a Google glass medical startup in San Francisco as the account manager for a major healthcare system and in India to train medical scribes. Her community service experience includes teaching low income housing communities about healthy diets, feeding the homeless, helping patients in the Emergency Department, and fundraising for charities.
Lauren earned a degree in Nutrition Biochemistry at UC Davis and is passionate about nutrition. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys backpacking, traveling, cycling, yoga, and swimming. She plans on pursuing an interdisciplinary career as an integrative gastroenterologist.