Lauren Hoops

August 9, 2017 by

I was born in Alabama, spent 7 years in Germany while my mom was in the army, and ultimately grew up in Blacksburg, VA. Despite the strong town rivalry, I left Blacksburg behind to attend the University of Virginia, where I studied math and economics. After graduating in 2012 I worked for an economic litigation consulting firm in Washington, D.C., for several years, with the intention of applying to law school. Although a great learning experience, I ultimately decided litigation was not a good fit for me. It was in this way that my non-traditional path toward medicine began!

I returned to UVA in 2015, having taken no undergraduate science classes, to complete a post-bacc pre-med program. I volunteered at the Charlottesville Free Clinic as a nurse and as a pharmacy technician while in the program, and then worked as a medical scribe for UVA Family Medicine during my gap year before medical school. Both of these experiences have greatly influenced my interest in primary care, and family medicine more specifically, as I think the broad scope of practice and close patient-physician relationships will be very rewarding. In addition to family medicine, I am very interested in practicing medicine in underserved communities, specifically in rural areas. I am thrilled with my decision to attend UVA (becoming a triple Hoo!) and am looking forward to joining the GSP family.

Outside of school, I enjoy running, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and paddleboarding, as well as spending time with my family, friends, and 45lb hound dog named Moose.