Vanneck-Bailey Scholars Program

Vanneck-Bailey Scholar Program 2020

The Vagelos Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is proud to accept applications for the Vanneck-Bailey Scholars Program, now in its fifth 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.”  In view of the tremendous work accomplished by past Vanneck-Bailey Scholars, the Vanneck-Bailey Board has increased the amount of the stipend from $30,000 to $40,000. This 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 January 15, 2020.

Applications 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 nominee’s credentials as a medical educator and scholar, including the nominee’s track record of completed scholarly projects and his/her career trajectory in medical education. The statement must also indicate the nominee’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.
  • Applicant’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 and, as such, Vanneck-Bailey Scholars will be able to approach Academy members as mentors. The chair and members of the selection committee will be Academy members. One Vanneck-Bailey Scholar will be chosen per academic year. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Please contact Renee Saindon ( with any questions.

Previous Vanneck - Bailey Scholars

Dr. Sidney Hankerson named 2019-2020 Vanneck-Bailey Scholar


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Sidney H. Hankerson, MD

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

Please join the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators of the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons in congratulating Dr. Sidney Hankerson on being chosen as the 2019-2020 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. Hankerson will develop a four-week, community-based educational elective for 3rd and 4th year medical students focusing on the social determinants of health and on community engagement as a means to address these issues. Students will learn with community health workers and other community stakeholders how to advocate toward social justice in health. Dr. Hankerson also plans to train a cohort of medical and nursing students in an evidence-based program that increases their mental health literacy and reduces stigmatizing attitudes that health professionals may hold toward persons with mental illness.

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

2017-2018: Dr. Anne Armstrong-Coben

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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





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

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Dr. Hetty Cunningham

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

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