Lauren Gaddis, MS/Biomed ‘21 July 20, 2021
MS in Biomedical Sciences/Medical Simulation Concentration
A diagnosis 18 years ago led Lauren Gaddis, MS/Biomed ’21, to a healthcare career.
“I have loved science for as long as I can remember, however it was my little brother’s
diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes in 2003 that truly led me to want to pursue a career
She devoured everything she could about the condition and learned to check her sibling’s
blood sugar levels and give him injections. “I knew from that point on I wanted to
work in medicine. I just had to find my special niche,” she said.
She has found that niche in medical simulation, a career she views as a merger of technology, art and medicine. However, she primarily
views it as a way to keep patients safe.
“The goal of medical simulation is first and foremost patient safety,” she said. “Through
medical simulation, a student is able to practice technical and communication skills
in a safe learning environment. By changing the way our clinicians are taught and
properly preparing them for their future patients, we are able to potentially reduce
medical error and change the relationship between practitioner and patient,” she believes.
“I know that this career makes such a difference,” she said, “not only in the lives
of students, but for their future patients as well. It is an absolutely exciting and
dynamic career path with amazing goals.”
Gaddis chose to attend PCOM Georgia due to its educational reputation. “When I was
attending Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, many of my professors advised
me that PCOM Georgia had great graduate programs. I applied to the biomedical sciences program because it had some amazing courses that I knew would challenge me and motivate me
to work harder, and they truly did,” she said.
Upon graduation, Gaddis will work for a simulation company, Avkin, which specializes
in wearable simulation devices and standardized patients. Her role will be to assist
schools and hospitals to integrate the wearable technology into their educational
“In this role, I am able to travel all over and visit simulation labs which is absolutely
amazing,” she said. “Future goals in my career include continuing to learn and grow
in simulation and becoming not only proficient at my job, but also a resource to those
looking to pursue a career in med sim.”
She added, “I want to continue leading a life of purpose, giving back to those who
may need help, and being the type of role model that someone can look up to one day.”
The oldest of eight children, Gaddis is a first generation college graduate and now
the first in her family to earn a master’s degree. She grew up in Conyers, Georgia,
just east of Atlanta, and was homeschooled from second grade up.
Her parents inspire her through their “example of hard work and dedication, and the
vision to continually lead by example.”
She said, “My mom worked hard every day raising all of us and keeping it together.
Looking back, I have no clue how she did it.”
Her father is the hardest working person she knows. “He sacrificed everything to provide
for us and pushed each of us to become the best we could be. He always wanted us to
have college educations and did everything he could to support me and make sure I
stayed on track.”
“His consistent encouragement and motivation is what drove me to continue my education
and pursue all of my goals,” she added.
She offers this same encouragement to others.
“My advice is to never stop trying. I have fallen down and wanted to give up so many
times on my journey to where I am now, but do not quit. Do not be afraid of failure.
It is a lesson in the end. You are more capable than you believe. With dedication,
perseverance, and faith you can achieve anything you set your mind to.”