UIC creates scholarship fund for slain ER doctor

Tamara O'Neal was one of those killed in the shooting at Mercy Hospital on Monday

The University of Illinois at Chicago has created a scholarship in memory of an emergency room doctor who was killed in a shooting at a Chicago hospital last year.

The school says the Tamara O'Neal Scholarship Fund will benefit first-year medical students in its Urban Health Program. O'Neal is a 2014 UIC College of Medicine graduate and a 2017 emergency medicine resident graduate. She was killed in a shooting at Mercy Hospital in November that also left the gunman, a police officer and a pharmacy technician dead.

UIC officials say a dozen UIC medicine alumni established the fund. So far they have raised more than $68,000. If money is available the fund also will provide a scholarship to a fourth-year medical student who will complete his or her residency in emergency medicine.