Taylor Charest, MDResident – Family Medicine University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine Residency
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Awards & Distinctions
NHSC Students to Service
Urban Underserved Program at SKMC
J Woodrow Savacool Prize in Medical Ethics
Arthur Krieger Family Medicine Award
I grew up in a suburb of Boston, playing ice hockey in the winter and going to Fenway Park for Red Sox games in the summer. I headed south to William & Mary for college, where I majored in Public Health and South Asian Studies. My time studying in India is where I first recognized the importance of understanding the history of a community and how that history interfaces with the health beliefs and health care delivery within that community. This framework continued to shape my experiences in medical school, where I was involved with a needle exchange and street outreach program. I developed an interest in health policy, as I advocated for better abortion curriculum through Medical Students For Choice, and later campaigned for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment at Philadelphia City Hall. The strong reproductive health curriculum at UIC was an important factor for me when considering residency programs. Outside of medical school I’ve worked as a spinning instructor, run a few marathons, and gotten to explores some great places through backpacking, road trips, and weekend getaways.