Teach For America alumni are breathing new life into the medical field as they continue to advocate for underserved students with unmet needs in the health industry.
Hundreds of corps members are venturing from the classroom into health and medicine professions, using lessons of empathy, patience, and critical thinking to infuse fresh perspectives into the medical field. To address disparities within healthcare, TFA alumni are broadening access to health education and resources. Our doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals are working hard to improve patient outcomes across underserved communities through significant medical research.
Make an impact and build new skill sets that will pave the way for a meaningful medical career.
“[Teaching] inspired me to work toward equity through the lens of medicine. Like I did in the corps, I plan to work in underserved and low-resource areas where physicians are needed most.”
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Meet Teach For America Alumni Who Are Changing The Medical Field
These are just a few of the many TFA alumni who’ve pursued careers in health and medicine after teaching in the corps:
Rio Grande Valley '14
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Student
Enrolled in post-baccalaureate classes at Agnes Scott College, Christian Brown's ultimate goal is to attend medical school so she can address health care issues affecting adolescents.
Eastern North Carolina '08
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dan Tilden discovered a new sense of purpose of serving in the corps. Today, he’s a resident in the Med-Peds program, which combines internal medicine and pediatrics.
Greater Philadelphia '03
Primary Children’s Hospital/University of Utah
Rebecca Purtell's experience as a TFA corps member prepared her for her role as a pediatric hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital, including her main responsibility of caring for acutely ill children.