Derek Tam MD, MPH

Derek Tam is a pediatric resident at Maimonides Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

Medical Training

Resident Physician, Department of Pediatrics, Maimonides Children’s Hospital, Brooklyn, NY (2016-2019)

  • PGY-1 Peer Leadership Award (2017)
  • Nominated Chief Resident (1 of 2) for 2019-2020 academic year


  • MD – 2016, Northwestern University
    • Study abroad rotations – Keio University – Pediatrics & Radiology (April 2016)
  • MPH – 2016, Northwestern University
    • Student body president, Public Health Program – October 2014-June 2016
  • BA, Cognitive Science – 2011, Northwestern University
    • Graduated Summa cum Laude, with honors in the Cognitive Science Department
    • Inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, Illinois Alpha Chapter, May 2011
    • Study abroad – Public Health in South Africa (March 2010-June 2010)

Publications & posters

Other activities

  • Resident team leader – Blood culture contaminant quality improvement project (January 2018-present)
    • Supervised resident analysis of blood culture contaminants
    • Directed interventions to reduce blood culture contamination using PDSA technique
  • Designer – “The PEM Card”
    • Pocket card reference for pediatric emergency medicine
    • Includes drug dosages, toxidromes, vital sign norms by age, and calculations useful for endotracheal intubation
    • Co-authors: Bonadio W, Vazquez H
    • View sample (pdf)
  • Contributor –
    • Wrote content for clinical calculators including:¬†
    • Peak flow norms (co-author: Joshua Needleman, MD)
    • WAT (Withdrawal Assessment Tool) Score (co-author: Mohammed Gaffoor, MD)
    • CAPD (Cornell Assessment of Pediatric Delirium) (co-author: Mohammed Gaffoor, MD)
  • Web editor (former) –
    • Oversaw & created website design of student-led online public health journal
    • Assisted in print magazine layout design
    • Coordinated demands of editors and contributors for website content
  • Student contributor – (January 2014-January 2016)
    • Created board-style questions used by medical students
    • Study aide for USMLE step exams and clerkship Shelf exams