National Medical Fellowships (NMF) leadership, staff, and Alumni are deeply saddened at the death of Dr. Tamara E. O’Neal, an Alumna of the 2014 NMF Dr. David Monash/John Caldwell Scott Medical Resident Scholarship Program.
Dr. O’Neal received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (UIC) in 2014, before beginning her Emergency Medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. Already, Dr. O’Neal had devoted her time and energy to improving the lives of the medically underserved: she was a caseworker and mentor for at-risk youth, provided medical translation in Spanish, was a leader in the UIC chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and conducted research with the Illinois Heart Rescue Project (IHRP). Her altruism, academic achievement, and commitment to Chicagoans secured Dr. O’Neal’s position as a Dr. David Monash/John Caldwell Scott Medical Resident Scholarship recipient. The $25,000 scholarship award helped to offset her medical school debt as she embarked on her residency training to become an Emergency Medicine Physician. As a Residency Scholar, Dr. O’Neal trained community members to perform CPR in order to increase bystander awareness and participation and ultimately to reduce cardiac arrest deaths throughout the state. With her commitment to reducing health disparities in underserved and urban communities, Dr. O’Neal exemplified the dedication, compassion, and leadership that is emblematic of NMF’s Alumni.
On November 19, 2018, Dr. O’Neal was shot and killed on the grounds of Mercy Hospital. NMF offers our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues, and to the healthcare community of Chicago for this devastating loss. To read more about Dr. O’Neal and the lives she touched, click here.