William Taylor, MD
Senior Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education
Associate Professor of Medicine [General Medicine] and Associate Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Master, W.B. Castle Society, HMS
Primary Care Physician, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Director, Residency Program in Primary Care and Population Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and Department of Population Medicine, HMS and HPHCI
Putting patients first: Professional development for patient-centered, evidence-based decision-making for medical students
Dr. William Taylor, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, is a Senior Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a primary care physician in the Division of General Medicine at BIDMC. Since 1997 he has served as Associate Master of the William Bosworth Castle Society at Harvard Medical School. He directs the Patient/Doctor II course for Harvard Medical School in which second-year students learn clinical skills. Dr. Taylor received a BA in History, the Arts and Letters magna cum laude from Yale University in 1970, and an MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. He completed his post-graduate training in Medicine in 1977 as a trainee in the Primary Care Graduate Training Program at Boston City Hospital. Dr. Taylor was a member of the core faculty overseeing the development of the New Pathway in General Medical Education at Harvard Medical School, beginning in 1985, with responsibility for integrating health promotion and disease prevention into the curriculum. He has since served in numerous teaching roles at HMS. He developed and directed the pilot for the current required first-year course in "Clinical Epidemiology," and served as acting director of the required second-year course in "Preventive Medicine and Nutrition." He has been an associate firm chief at BIDMC, an attending physician on the inpatient service, and a preceptor in ambulatory medicine for students and medical residents. Dr. Taylor served on the examination-writing committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine, as a national LCME Faculty Fellow, and on the AMA's "Initiative to Transform Medical Education." He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Preventive Medicine. As a Rabkin Senior Fellow, Dr. Taylor developed an office-based curriculum for patient-centered, evidence-based decision-making for third-year medical students. Since 1977 Dr. Taylor has been nominated repeatedly for HMS and hospital teaching awards. In 2003 he received the "Humanism in Medicine" award at the HMS graduation, and in 2005 was a finalist for the Massachusetts-wide "Compassionate Caregiver Award" from the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.