Alumni Highlights: Tamara Bockow

Posted 07/13/2016 | By HealthCorps

Tamara Bockow served at the Grand Street Campus in Bushwick, Brooklyn  from July 2007 to July 2008

What have you been up to since HealthCorps?

“I graduated UPenn Medical School in 2012, Alpha Omega Alpha. During Medical School, I worked at The Dr. Oz Show in New York City for a month! I helped with medical research and pitching new stories. In 2013, I started residency in Neurology at the Harvard Neurology Residency Program (combined program with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital). During my residency I worked as a teacher for Harvard Medical School, teaching neuroanatomy. I graduated from my four year residency program on June 23rd. In July I will start a fellowship in Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis at the Partners MS Center/Harvard Medical School. I am also currently writing a neurology review book with Oxford University Press for medical students.

HealthCorps changed my life in so many ways. I realized my love for teaching, which has changed the way I practice as a doctor. Now I’m teaching my patients and medical students. It was a privilege to work with the students I met through HealthCorps. They taught me more than I could ever teach them. I feel so fortunate to have kept in touch with a few of my students, now eight years later.” -Tamara Bockow

We asked one of Tamara Bockow’s students, Joanna Rousseau, about her experience with HealthCorps:

“”HealthCorps” was an after-school program that was offered at my high school. I was very much involved with any and all programs that interest me. Joining the HealthCorps program was one of the best decisions I made in my high school career. Not only did it expose me to the benefits of healthy eating, it allowed me to be hands on and prepare meals and snacks that were so simple and tasty. Tamara even put together a recipe handbook that she gave each student at the end of the program, I still have that book today. The program also allowed me to deepen my relationship with Tamara, she’s like a big sister/ best friend. She is an awesome person inside and out. Our relationship extended beyond the HealthCorps program, as she was apart of my college application process and helped prepare me on what to expect on my new journey as an undergraduate student.

We’ve stayed in touch and developed a strong bond over the past 8 years. I thank God and the program for allowing me to have such a great person in my life. She’s inspirational and motivates me to be a better person ever day. My relationship with Tamara encourages me to be that person in someone else’s life and have that deep of an impact on them.” -Joanna Rousseau

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