Lauren McCollum, MD

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine 2014

After several post-college years of soul-searching in New York (during which I earned an MFA in Creative Writing at NYU and held various jobs), I had an epiphany one evening — a career in medicine was the path for me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a neurology resident here at Penn. Other pursuits that lift my spirits include hiking, running, writing, playing games, and enjoying Philly’s great selection of restaurants.

During the course of my residency, and especially during my multiple clinical electives at the beginning of my PGY-3 year, I realized that the field of neurodegenerative disease offers the intellectual challenge, the exciting and active research opportunities, and the chance to support patients and their families through some of the most difficult and heartbreaking diagnoses imaginable.

Fellowship: Cognitive neurology fellow at University of Pennsylvania