Cheryl Ashville Walters, MD is a graduate of Cornell University (click to view Cornell alumna profile featured in the October 2011 quarterly magazine, "Olin Hall News") and University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is a fellowship trained general internist who completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and The New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical College and clinical fellowship in advanced diagnostic skills at The New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Walters is a Member of The New York Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She has served on the clinical faculty of Cornell University Medical College, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Walters is an education activist supporting merit based scholarships and diversity. She is a Faculty Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University. She serves on the Advisory Council for the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and as an alumna mentor for the Leadership Program in the College of Engineering at Cornell University.
Dr. Walters has been invited to chair the Subcommittee on Curriculum for the ACP's Task Force on Office Based Teaching, to lead SGIM's Task Force on the Clinician Educator (representing a constituency of approximately 3,500 academic general internists) and to present workshops and half to full day precourses on clinical skills at numerous medical schools and at the annual meetings of the ACP, SGIM, AAMC, and US Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education grant recipients.
Dr. Walters has been recognized by the US Department of Education, American College of Physicians (ACP), American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) as an expert in the assessment and teaching of clinical skills and in program development and assessment. She has developed a model program for the assessment and teaching of clinical skills which has been widely disseminated to medical, pharmacy, nursing and law schools.
Dr. Walters is an attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital (click to view a video clip of her medical credentials). She has directed the Physical Exam Training Program for ten years (syllabi available electronically) and established the Clinical Skills Assessment Program, a graduation requirement, at Yale University School of Medicine (click to view the article, "The Lost Art of the Physical Exam").
Her leadership style is values based, encompassing her personal values of altruism, caring, quality, parity and collaboration. In her clinical practice, Dr. Walters is dedicated to assessing and improving the parity and quality of care for the underserved. She is a strong proponent of community outreach. She volunteers at the Columbus House Shelter soup kitchen in New Haven, on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Serving Connecticut, and at the Wednesday Evening Clinic in the Primary Care Center at Yale New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine. She has received the KEEP Volunteer Leadership Award for her work at free NKF KEEP screenings across Connecticut (click to view a public service announcement with NKF volunteers and staff). Dr.Walters has also served as co-chair for the Medical Tent at the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Cheshire, Connecticut.
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