"What Matters" - 2015 Commencement address delivered by alumna, Dr. Tamara Helfer

MCB wishes to thank our inspiring alumni speaker, Dr. Tamara Helfer, for celebrating the graduation of the class of 2015 with her commencement address.





Dr. Tamara Helfer, center, with Brad Mehrtens, Tina Knox, Stephen Sligar, and one of Dr. Helfer’s special deliveries on the left, the mini Mehrtens.

Dr. Tamara Helfer practices Obstetrics and Gynecology with Christie Clinic in Champaign, IL. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Dr. Helfer earned her BS in Microbiology and MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, IL and completed her residency at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, MO.

Dr. Helfer reminded graduates that “what matters” are the people and the process, not necessarily the outcome. And though graduates will soon get caught up in the frenzy of work life or further studies, Dr. Helfer reminded all to listen, be present, embrace failure, and be passionate. Her advice for new professionals: be humble; believe in people and trust; stay true to yourself; and say yes to life, love, and opportunity.

Dr. Helfer has served on multiple committees for The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist, ACOG, including the Coding and Health Economics, the Practice Management and the Industrial Exhibits Committee. She has been ACOG’s District VI Young Physician for the past 7 years, and is the Past President of the Champaign County Medical Society. Dr. Helfer enjoys having undergraduates, midlevel care providers, and medical students from the University of Illinois shadow her Practice. Once a semester, she is a guest lecturer to undergraduates and speaks on Ethics in Medicine.

June 30, 2015 All News