Vanneck-Bailey Scholars Program

Dr. Delphine Taylor named 2023-2024 Vanneck-Bailey Scholar


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Please join the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators of the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons as we congratulate Associate Professor of Medicine Delphine Taylor as the 2023-2024 Vanneck-Bailey Scholar. The Vanneck-Bailey Award is given annually to support a VP&S faculty member to develop educational programs that will “ensure that VP&S students are among the finest physicians entering the profession, skilled in the knowledge and practice of medicine and modeling compassionate, humanistic care to all patients.” We recognize the generosity of CUIMC patients whose commitments have made this award possible.

Dr. Delphine Taylor earned a history degree from Columbia College and worked as a journalist before attending P&S (Class of 1997). After residency in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at CUMC, she joined the Associates of Internal Medicine Practice in 2000 as a clinician-educator. She served as director of the primary care track of the internal medicine residency until July 2005, when she became course director of Clinical Practice I and II in the medical school. She is now course director of Foundations of Clinical Medicine—Seminars, which covers such topics as medical interviewing and the patient-doctor relationship, ethics and professionalism, sexuality, cultural competence, health promotion, health systems, substance abuse, and palliative care. She leads small groups in the Foundations course in the preclinical and clinical years and precepts for the Medicine Clerkship. She was awarded the Charles W. Bohmfalk award for Excellence in Teaching in the Pre-Clinical Years at P&S in 2007, named a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy (now the Virginia Apgar Academy) in 2009, and given a teaching award for Outstanding Small Group Teaching by the P&S class of 2013. In addition to the topics in Foundations Seminars, her current scholarly interests include the impact of student self- reflection, collaboration and peer feedback on teamwork and professionalism.

With the support of the Vanneck-Bailey Scholar Award, Dr. Taylor proposes “to conduct a program evaluation of the current structure of the VPS Coaching Program, create resources for students and faculty, integrate competency-based assessments into coaching, and launch a national survey to identify how medical schools are using coaching programs to support self-regulated and adaptive learners.

We congratulate Dr. Taylor and thank the applicants and selection committee members for their help in advancing the mission of medical education research and scholarship at VP&S.


Current and Previous Vanneck - Bailey Scholars

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2022-2023: Dr. Alwyn Cohall

Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Population and Family Helath and Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Proposal: Creation of content, service-learning activities, and exposure to individuals with lived experience in the carceral system as means of building a curriculum responsive to recommendations set forth by the AAMC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Competencies which broadly call for the expansion of learning opportunities addressing health care inequities arising from systemic racism and personal bias.

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2021-2022: Dr. Jean Marie Alves-Bradford

Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Proposal: A longitudinal Advocacy, Allyship and Upstander Skills Curriculum throughout four years of medical school



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2020-2021: Dr. Devon Rupley

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Proposal: Ready for MCY: An Intensive Transitions Curriculum Facilitating Professional Identity Formation




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2019-2020: Dr. Sidney Hankerson

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Proposal: Teaching Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health First Aid to Medical Students



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2017-2018: Dr. Anne Armstrong-Coben

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUIMC, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Proposal: An Advisory Dean Curriculum Spanning the Four Years at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: Helping students develop into compassionate, humanistic physicians


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2016-2017: Dr. Hetty Cunningham (inaugural scholar) 

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUIMC, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Proposal: Promoting reflective capacity in the VP&S portfolio to support professional identity formulation in a medical education landscape increasingly focused on competency achievement