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Cheryl Walters

  • Cheryl Walters
  • Organization: Yale New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine
  • Position: Attending Physician/Professor of Clinical Medicine
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Cheryl Ashville Walters, MD has served on the clinical faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Yale University School of Medicine and is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Walters is an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital and professor of clinical medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. For seven years running, she has received the top score across every specialty in the Art of Medicine survey of patients at Yale University Health Services in recognition of her bedside manner and her reputation for making difficult diagnoses which had previously been missed. She has directed the Physical Exam Training Program and established the Clinical Skills Assessment Program as a graduation requirement at Yale University School of Medicine.

Before entering University of Rochester School of Medicine on a full scholarship and going on for residency at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and The New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and clinical fellowship in advanced diagnostic skills at The New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Walters earned her bachelor of science degree at Cornell University Smith School of CBE. A first generation college student, Cornell National Scholar (recipient of a full merit based scholarship and living stipend), and advisee of Professor Ray Thorpe, she credits her chemical and bioengineering education with focusing on concepts, problem solving, and critical reasoning. In collaboration with senior design teammates Maggi Freese and Richard Martinez, she developed a deep appreciation for the value of working with a team, dealing with diagnostic uncertainty, developing a feel for the order of magnitude of a reasonable answer, and applying reiterative approaches to arrive at the best-fit solution – skills that helped form the foundation of her expertise in making difficult diagnoses.

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. View her portfolio of original scholarly work at

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