Vanneck-Bailey Scholars Program

Dr. Taylor B. Sewell, MD, MBA named 2024-2025 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 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Taylor B. Sewell as the 2024-2025 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.

With the support of the Vanneck-Bailey Scholar Award, Dr. Sewell proposes to “enhance the LGBTQ+ Curriculum at VP&S” toward providing outstanding compassionate, and inclusive care to patients by integrating more training in LGBTQ+ health into the VP&S curriculum.  The proposal builds on the Dr. Sewell’s prior work piloting improved training in LGBTQ+ health in Obstetrics and Gynecology curriculums. Working closely with a student task force, Dr. Sewell aims to identify important learning content in LGBTQ+ health that may be missing from the VP&S curriculum and to determine whether the material could be integrated into MCY clerkships.

Sewell received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in healthcare management from The Wharton School. After graduating from pediatrics residency at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Sewell joined the faculty at Columbia. Dr. Sewell’s research focuses on the patient’s experience of healthcare and the healthcare professional’s experience of providing that care, and helping lead the patient experience strategy as the medical director of patient experience for CUIMC. In addition to his patient experience work, he co-instructs an interdisciplinary course at Columbia Business School that enrolls MBA candidates as well as health professions students from the medical, nursing, dental, and public health schools. Dr. Sewell is faculty advisor for the medical school’s LGBTQ+ student organization. We congratulate Dr. Sewell and thank the applicants and selection committee members for their help in advancing the mission of medical education research and scholarship at VP&S.


Call for Proposals: 

The Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators of the Vagelos Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons seeks applications for the Vanneck-Bailey Scholars Program, now in its seventh granting year. The award is conferred on a VP&S faculty member who will create and develop new educational programs for medical students 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.” This $40,000 amount is to be committed to salary and fringe support to give the Scholar protected academic time for accomplishing the project. Applications are due by Wednesday, January 15, 2025.

Nominations must include:

  • Statement of the proposed project: The proposed project must be directly related to undergraduate medical education at VP&S. It must be a project that will have a significant, demonstrable impact on medical student education. The statement must include background information about the project with at least three references, proposed methodology, plan for implementation, timeline, and proposed methods for evaluation (2 – 4 pages in length).
  • Personal statement: The personal statement should outline the applicant’s credentials as a medical educator and scholar, including their track record of completed scholarly projects and career trajectory in medical education. The statement must also indicate the applicant’s willingness to report on the project to the Apgar Academy members and guests at the end of the year in the Vanneck-Bailey Presentation (2 – 3 pages in length).
  • Letter of nomination from the department chair: In addition to information about the nominee’s credentials, this letter must indicate that, if selected, the nominee would have protected time for the project and would use the salary support for this purpose.
  • Letter from Vice Dean of Education, Associate Dean for Curriculum, course director, or clerkship director indicating that the project has been approved for inclusion in the curriculum if the project would result in a course for VP&S students.
  • Nominee’s current CV – please use Enhanced CV template to outline all educational activities.

The Vanneck-Bailey Scholars Program is executed and administered by the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators. Vanneck-Bailey Scholars are encouraged to approach academy members as mentors. One Vanneck-Bailey Scholar will be chosen per academic year. 

Previous Vanneck - Bailey Scholars

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2023-2024: Dr. Delphine Taylor

Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of General Medicine and Course Director, Foundations of Clinical Medicine–Seminars, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Proposal: To conduct a program evaluation of the current structure of the VP&S 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.

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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