Family Medicine

Laura Hoeg, MD

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Biography

Hi everyone! I grew up in Las Vegas, NV, before heading to the Pacific North West for college, and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA (Go Zags!) where I studied psychology and biology. I wasn’t quite sure where my studies would lead me, but always had healthcare of some kind in the back of my mind. After college I started working at Washington State University in sleep research, focusing primarily on fatigue and performance in the aviation industry. It was a great experience that taught me a lot about the real world applications of sleep research, but I still knew I wanted more hands-on work in the healthcare field. I had the chance to shadow a physician in rural family medicine and things started to click. I loved witnessing first hand the relationships and continuity family practitioners had with their patients. I also loved seeing how they played an integral role in the community. After deciding to pursue medicine I found my way to the East Coast and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Because I felt so strongly about primary care, I started my time at VCU as a part of a family medicine scholars program from day one called fmSTAT. Through this longitudinal curriculum I had many opportunities to explore the role family physicians can have in patient advocacy, how to serve the greater community, different practice models and so much more! Not to mention I had a great group of classmates who were inspired and excited to see where family medicine would take them. When it came time to choose a residency program Brown was an obvious choice. I was immediately drawn to the full spectrum approach of the program, the passion apparent in the residents and faculty, and the commitment to community engagement, so prevalent throughout the curriculum. If these broad features weren’t enough, I was taken by the program alignment with my personal interests in pediatrics, women’s health, and academic medicine. I am excited to be a part of the Brown family and can’t wait to see where these next three years take me! In my free time I love to spend time with my husband, Ned, and our greyhound Clio. I am an ardent cook, often trying to cook and bake new things, and have just recently begun experimenting with sourdough bread making. Outside of the kitchen and the hospital I love just that- being outside! I enjoy hiking and running, and absolutely love traveling and exploring new places. I can’t wait to start exploring Providence!