Beverly Taylor, MD, is the Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and the Program Director for the MSM Preventive Medicine Residency Program and serves as interim chair of the department. Dr. Taylor has been with the institution since 1984. She has also directed the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program since its inception in 1986. Residency trained in both family medicine and preventive medicine. Dr. Taylor evaluates and monitors all resident educational activities, ensures the effectiveness of the training curriculum, oversees the program budget, and maintains accreditation standards. She also screens candidate for presentation to the RAC as well as participates in all residency interviews.
Dr. Taylor completed a joint residency in Family and Preventive Medicine at Meharry Medical College and is board certified in Family Medicine. She served as Health Officer for the Tennessee Department of Public Health, Mid-Cumberland Region prior to joining the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine. In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities at MSM, Dr. Taylor serves on the several local and national committees related to preventive medicine training and funding as well as issues related to health disparities. Dr. Taylor is also the recipient of several awards and recognitions including the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award, the Association for Teaching Prevention and Research; the Dean’s Award for Leadership, Morehouse School of Medicine; the Humanism in Medicine Award, the Jewish Foundation of New Jersey; and an induction into the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society.
Her public health interests include breast cancer prevention and control, geriatric and adolescent health, and substance abuse prevention. She has authored/co-authored several publications in these areas.
Ayanna Buckner, MD, MPH, serves as Assistant Professor and Clinical Director in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, and she assumed the role of Associate Residency Program Director in 2008. Dr. Buckner participates in the day-to-day operation of the residency program along with the Residency Program Director. Additionally, she participates in curriculum development, maintains accreditation standards, advises residents and participates in the resident selection process.
A native of the Greater New Orleans area, Dr. Buckner received a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. She received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College and completed a combined residency program in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Griffin Hospital, an affiliate of the Yale University School of Medicine. She also received a Master’s Degree in public health, with an emphasis in Health Management, from Yale University. Dr. Buckner is board certified in Preventive Medicine. Dr. Buckner is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and was a 2010 recipient of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship. In 2011, Dr. Buckner was selected for the inaugural cohort of the National Medical Association Post-Graduate Section Top Physicians Under 40 Award Program.
Dr. Buckner’s research public health interests include health disparities and social determinants of health, medical education, and emergency preparedness. She has also authored/co-authored several publications in these areas.
Carla Durham Walker, MA, serves as Residency Program Manager and is responsible for the administrative functions of the program. In this capacity, she manages the program’s recruitment efforts, manages the program’s operating budget, and coordinates the residents’ activities.
In addition to her administrative program duties, Ms. Durham Walker serves as Instructor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. Her teaching duties include participation in the Community Medicine course for first-year medical students and the Academic Writing Workshop for first-year Master of Public Health students. She has also co-authored two publications on the program’s curriculum.
Chuline Carson serves as Administrative Assistant and is responsible for providing day to day administrative support to the unit's Director, Associate Director and Program Manager.
Ms. Carson’s public health interest is the holistic approach; incorporating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to maintain wellness. She recently completed a doctorate certification in Naturopathic Science at the Ahimki Institute of Holistic Theology and is currently working on her internship. Ms. Carson plans to continue her education and training in this field.
Morehouse School of Medicine
Public Health & General Preventive Medicine Residency Program
National Center for Primary Care
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