Episode 34: How a Yale-Trained Physician Takes Things to the Next Level

Dr. Tay is a first-generation immigrant to a Malaysian-Chinese father who had his PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Michigan and was a research scientist for over 15 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and a Filipino mother who has her master’s in social work and specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care for the elderly. She was born in Michigan, but grew up in the suburbs outside of Syracuse, New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology. She also swam for the women’s varsity swim team all four years. She took a year off after college and worked in Singapore and traveled through southeast Asia before returning to Yale University School of Medicine where she completed her medical training.

She completed a pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Boston. She returned to Philadelphia in 2012 to join the faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine as an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, and an attending physician in the emergency department of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her job combines teaching, mentoring and supervising medical students, residents and fellows at the patient’s bedside with taking direct care of children who come to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia seeking emergency care.

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