Derek Tam MD, MPH

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

Medical Training

Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics, Maimonides Children’s Hospital, Brooklyn, NY (2019-2020)

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

  • PGY-1 Peer Leadership Award (2017)
  • PGY-3 Advocacy Award (2019)


  • MD – 2016, Northwestern University
    • Study abroad rotations – Keio University, Tokyo, Japan – Pediatrics & Radiology (April 2016)
  • MPH – 2016, Northwestern University
    • Student body president, Public Health Program – October 2014-June 2016
    • International field experience – Hong Kong University, Hong Kong SAR (July 2012)
  • 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” & “PEM Card 2.0”
    • 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 –
  • 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