- Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
- Northwestern University
- BS/MD Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)
Tazim Merchant is a third-year student in Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy. Accepted into numerous top-tier institutions, from the University of Pennsylvania, as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, to the service-focused Siena-Albany Medical Program, Tazim loves sharing her own experiences and advising students throughout the college admissions process. She wishes to afford students the same flexibility and opportunities she has as a BS/MD student.
Born and bred on Long Island, New York, Tazim graduated as the salutatorian of her IB high school and a National Merit Scholar. An aspiring pediatric specialist, Tazim has a significant research background in cardiology, among other disciplines, including genetics and medical technology supporting parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has co-authored five published abstracts and presented four of them at national and international cardiology conferences around the globe, starting at 16, into college. At Northwestern, she designed virtually all aspects of her own cardiac MRI study at the Feinberg School of Medicine, focused on providing further validation for a non-invasive measure of heart function.
Tazim has always enjoyed working with youth, and seeks to empower students to reach their full potential. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, she built a district-wide tutoring infrastructure from the ground up, which was later featured on national television. With the flexibility afforded by the Honors Program, she founded, and is current executive director of a 501c3 nonprofit, Globe Talk, dedicated to empowering the next generation of globally minded, culturally aware leaders through high school virtual international exchanges. The startup, with two chapters in NY and Spain, recently won a coveted seat in Wildfire, Northwestern’s entrepreneurial incubator’s pre-accelerator program, which provides $10,000 in funding to teams. When Tazim is not working on Globe Talk, you can find her spending Friday evenings pursuing one of her greatest passions: teaching 9th and 10th grade students.