Vanneck-Bailey Scholars Program

Dr. Alwyn Cohall named 2022-2023 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 Professor of Public Health and Pediatrics as the 2022-2023 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. Cohall is board-certified in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine and has a private practice in adolescent and young adult health. He is also the director of Project Stay (Services to Assist Youth), which is a New York State Department of Health funded program that provides confidential health services to young people affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. A core component of this initiative involves service delivery to individuals involved in the carceral system. In recognition of his work with young people, he has been honored by various professional and governmental organizations including: the AMA, AAP, SAHM, the NYS Department of Health, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and was recently inducted into the CUIMC Academy of Community and Public Service.

With the support of the Vanneck-Bailey Scholar Award, Dr. Cohall proposes “to support content creation, 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.”

We congratulate Dr. Cohall 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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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