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Teach For America Alumni in the Medical Field

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.


Lilian Ho
“[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.”

Lilian Ho

Pediatric Resident, Seattle Children's Hospital

Bay Area Corps Member 2007

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:

Christian Sascha Brown

Rio Grande Valley '14

Medical Student

Medical College of Georgia

Christian Sascha Brown is a medical student at the Medical College of Georgia interested in pursuing psychiatry and adolescent medicine.

Dan Tilden

Eastern North Carolina '08

Medical Resident

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.

Teach For America alum Rebecca Purtell

Rebecca Purtell

Greater Philadelphia '03

Pediatric Hospitalist

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.

Medical School Partners

Teach For America partners with med schools, as well as other graduate school and professional programs, to offer special benefits to alumni. Learn more about these partnerships, and see the list of medical school partners.