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Lauren Hoogewerff

There is a severe shortage of family medicine physicians in the United States, a fact that Lauren Hoogewerff, current student at Tufts University School of Medicine, wants to help fix. Since the field is key to preventing disease and keeping patients healthy, her hope is to one day become a family medicine physician.

With the cost of medical school on the rise, Lauren was grateful to receive the Esther A. and Miah H. Rovner, M.D., Endowed Scholarship, which was created by a bequest from the Rovners' estate. Esther and Miah graduated from Tufts in 1928, and Miah went on to Tufts' School of Medicine, graduating in 1932. The couple established the scholarship through their estate plans as a way to give back to the school and to help others achieve their career goals.

Tufts' curriculum emphasizes the importance of holistic care-caring for patients physically, spiritually, and mentally-an approach Lauren knows will be helpful when seeing patients during her clinical rotations. "There is so much trust in the doctor/patient relationship," says Lauren. "I'm excited to have that with my patients and to be able to care for them in such a tangible way."