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Student Profiles

Wynne Lundblad, Class of 2012

Wynne Lunbald

Hometown: Southborough, MA, but I lived in Boston starting in 2000.  I also spent a lot of time in Wellfleet, on Cape Cod.  I’ve been lucky enough to travel a good deal, but I still think that Wellfleet is the most beautiful place on Earth.


Alma mater: Wellesley College, 2003.  I majored in American Studies and was an editor on the newspaper.  Medical school came onto my radar after I graduated and began working with a medical historian in Boston.  I started my pre-medical requirements in 2005 at Harvard Extension School while working and volunteering as a patient advocate for mentally disabled adults.


Favorite food in Scaife cafeteria?  Veggie chili and the macadamia nut cookies.

Favorite place in Pittsburgh?  Schenley Park.  I walk through the park on my way to school every morning, and so far I have gotten to enjoy three seasons in this urban oasis. 


Favorite thing about Pitt Med? The broad array of experiences that my classmates bring to the table.  My closest friends here were professional dancers, Peace Corps volunteers, and inner-city teachers before coming to Pitt.

Favorite educational experiences at Pitt Med? Microbiology – a lot of work but clinically relevant and expertly taught. This semester, I took an elective in community research, which made clear the commitment of the faculty to mentoring Pitt Med students in our research interests.  We had small group sessions with leaders in their fields, working through the methods we needed for our summer research proposals.

Summer plans after MS1?  I’m going to South Africa to work on a project looking at accessibility to essential medicines in end-of-life care.

Places traveled? All over Europe, Hong Kong, Vietnam, several cross-country and coastal road trips. 

Why you chose Pitt Med?  I knew that Pitt had a reputation for appreciating non-traditional students, which along with its excellent reputation led me to apply.  My interview day confirmed this for me – I was struck by how happy the students seemed, and the emphasis on research, primary care, and medical education really impressed me.


Why I think you should choose Pitt Med: The amazing people you will meet here, and the opportunity to explore your talents with excellent and dedicated mentors.


Favorite book?  It would be impossible to narrow down to just one.  As someone fascinated by the sociology of America, I love “Lolita.”  I read “Wonder Boys” when I decided to come to Pittsburgh, and loved the vivid descriptions of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods.  Books like “No Magic Bullet” and “The Cholera Years” have been really instrumental in how I see myself as a future physician.


Favorite food?  Indian food, which is a frequently featured at our student group lunch talks.


Favorite thing to do when not studying?  I try to always have a non-medical book on my night stand (currently “Crossing to Safety,” by Wallace Stegner).  I love discovering new things about Pittsburgh, from the small nightclubs with great bands to the independent movie theater two blocks from my apartment.  I’m also co-president of STAHR, a student group advocating for health care reform; and a class representative to the curriculum committee, which provides a student voice in shaping our education.


Favorite Pitt Med memory thus far?  Fund raisers at the Shadow Lounge, hosting a Thanksgiving potluck, and watching the Steelers win the Super Bowl—with apologies to my family in New England!


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