2017 Tillman Scholar

Stephanie Latham

Rutgers University

“Working with the servicemen and women in the Navy, I felt a calling I can work in service to them.”

After graduating high school in 2001, Stephanie left her hometown of Easton, Massachusetts to serve her country in the U.S. Navy. She earned her commission in 2005, excited and eager to begin her career as a Navy pilot. Stephanie spent ten years flying the F/A-18C Hornet, serving alongside some of the most dedicated and talented sailors in the Fleet. However, after years of quietly exploring whether medicine was simply an interest for her or actually a passion worth changing careers for, she decided to begin the journey towards becoming a physician.

During the last of three combat deployments, Stephanie spent her off-duty hours in the medical bay aboard USS CARL VINSON, shadowing physicians, nurses and corpsmen. She soon realized that the sense of duty and commitment that she felt flying combat missions was much the same that the she felt helping provide care to the sailors aboard the carrier. Though she will no longer fly combat sorties in the Hornet, Stephanie is excited to have the opportunity to continue her service in the Navy as a physician.

Stephanie is passionate about the personal aspect of medicine. She believes that medicine is fundamentally about improving the human condition, and that it starts with caring for each patient as an individual. She is excited about embarking on this new part of her journey at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine as she continues to serve her country.