William T. Branch, Jr., is the Carter Smith, Sr. Professor of Medicine and Director
of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He
founded the Primary Care Residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1974, among the
first primary care residency programs. As a key leader of the New Pathway project at
Harvard Medical School, he served as Coordinator of the required first year Patient
Doctor Course in 1988 and Director of the required third year Patient Doctor Course from
1989 to 1995. Additionally, he attended the formative meeting of the Society of General
Internal Medicine (SGIM) thirty-two years ago and served as a member of the SGIM Council
and later served as Secretary. He was one of the first leaders of the Clinician-Educator
Initiative and Co-edited the JGIM Supplement on the Clinician-Educator. Also, he was the
second recipient of SGIM’s National Award for Career Achievements in Medical Education,
and co-edited the first JGIM Education Issue. He is a facilitator in the American Academy
on Communication on Healthcare (AACH) and a past President of AACH. 

After accepting a position at the Emory University School of Medicine in 1995, he became
Director of the Division of Internal General Medicine. To date, he has more than tripled
the size of the Division, and founded a Primary Care Residency Program and a Faculty
Development Program, planned and implemented a required End-Of-Life Course for Emory
Medical students, and is one of three Co-directors of Emory’s four year “Being a Doctor”
Course. He is the author of numerous papers published in peer reviewed journals and is
the editor of five textbooks. His special expertise are humanism in medicine,
professionalism, medical interviewing, medical ethics, and topics related to the
patient-doctor relationship. 

CRITICAL INCIDENTS REPORT - NARRATIVES

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Use of Critical Incident Reports in Medical Education: A Perspective, J Gen Intern Med (2005)

Critical incident reports are now being widely used in medical education. They are short narrative...

 

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Feedback and Reflection: Teaching Methods for Clinical Settings, Acad Med (2002)

Feedback and reflection are two basic teaching methods used in clinical settings. In this article,...

 

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"What's important to you?" The use of narratives to promote self-reflection and to understand the experiences of medical residents. (with Donald W. Brady MD and G Corbie-Smith MD), Ann of Intern Med (2002)

Too often we hear housestaff speak of residency training as a “test of survival”—getting through...

 

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Becoming a Doctor: "Critical Incident" Reports from Third Year Medical Students, N Engl J Med (1993)

"Critical-Incident reports" are short narratives of events judged to be particularly meaningful by participants in...

 

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT / RESIDENTS & MEDICAL STUDENTS DEVELOPMENT

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Through the Looking Glass: How Reflective Learning Influences the Development of Young Faculty Members (with Stacy Hiiggins MD), Teaching and Learning in Medicine (2011)

Background: Faculty development is needed that will influence clinical teachers to better enable them to...

 

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The Road to Professionalism: Reflective Practice and Reflective Learning, Patient Edu Couns (2010)

This paper describes educational programs designed to create humanistic physicians who are skilled in communicating...

 

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A Good Clinician and a Caring Person: Longitudinal Faculty Development and the Enhancement of the Human Dimensions of Care, Acad Med (2009)

A longitudinal faculty development process that combines experiential learning of skills and reflective exploration of...

 

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An Emerging Renaissance in Medical Education, J Gen Intern Med (2004)

Is a renaissance emerging in medical education? One hundred forty-five submissions to the Journal of...

 

HUMANISM IN MEDICINE

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Teaching Compassion, Patient Education and Counseling (2012)

A fictionalized vignette exploring the patient-doctor-student relationship. The article explores a teacher’s efforts to balance...

 

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Wisdom in Medicine, The Pharos (2011)

We attribute wisdom to our heroes in medicine: Dr John Hickam was a wise man....

 

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In Dante's Ninth Circle, Patient Educ Couns (2010)

The article describes several of my personal experiences with dying patients and their families and...

 

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His City, J Gen Inter Med (2007)

A poem - A creative piece about the impending end-of-life of a councilman in "his...

 

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Teaching Respect for Patients, Acad Med (2006)

Respect is a core value of medical professionalism. Respect for patients often manifests itself as...

 

PATIENT-DOCTOR RELATIONSHIP

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Teaching Compassion, Patient Education and Counseling (2012)

A fictionalized vignette exploring the patient-doctor-student relationship. The article explores a teacher’s efforts to balance...

 

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Clinical Inertia: Hard to move it forward, Rev Esp Cardiol (2010)

Internal medicine and medical subspecialty physicians pride themselves on their thoughtful and cautious approach to...

 

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In Dante's Ninth Circle, Patient Educ Couns (2010)

The article describes several of my personal experiences with dying patients and their families and...

 

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His City, J Gen Inter Med (2007)

A poem - A creative piece about the impending end-of-life of a councilman in "his...

 

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Is the Therapeutic Nature of the Patient-Physician Relationship Being Undermined?, Arch Intern Med (2000)

Since the advent of managed care, the practice of medicine has changed rapidly in just...

 

PALLIATIVE CARE

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Teaching Compassion, Patient Education and Counseling (2012)

A fictionalized vignette exploring the patient-doctor-student relationship. The article explores a teacher’s efforts to balance...

 

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In Dante's Ninth Circle, Patient Educ Couns (2010)

The article describes several of my personal experiences with dying patients and their families and...

 

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His City, J Gen Inter Med (2007)

A poem - A creative piece about the impending end-of-life of a councilman in "his...

 

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If I Was Going to Die, J Gen Inter Med (2006)

Do we truly listen to our patients’ words?

We conducted long conversations with 23 dying...

 

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The Importance of Spirituality in African-American's End-of-Life Experience, J Gen Intern Med (2006)

A profound and moving spirituality provided emotional and psychological support for most terminally ill patients...

 

MEDICAL ETHICS

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Is Rorty’s Neopragmatism the “Real” Foundation of Medical Ethics: a Search for Foundational Principles, Amer Clin Clim Asso (2006)

Principlism, the predominate approach to bioethics, has no foundational principles. This absence of foundations reflects...

 

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Supporting the Moral Development of Medical Students, J Gen Intern Med (2000)

Philosophers who studied moral development have found that individuals normally progress rapidly in early adulthood...

 

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The Ethics of Caring and Medical Education, Acad Med (2000)

The ethics of caring, though the subject of much recent discussion by philosophers, has hardly...

 

PATIENT CARE

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Teaching Compassion, Patient Education and Counseling (2012)

A fictionalized vignette exploring the patient-doctor-student relationship. The article explores a teacher’s efforts to balance...

 

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In Dante's Ninth Circle, Patient Educ Couns (2010)

The article describes several of my personal experiences with dying patients and their families and...

 

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An Emerging Renaissance in Medical Education, J Gen Intern Med (2004)

Is a renaissance emerging in medical education? One hundred forty-five submissions to the Journal of...

 

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Office Practice of Medicine, Editions 1 - 4 (2002)

Over 157 expert contributors offer evidence-based approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and management of the...

 

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Cardiology in Primary Care (2000)

This book is for primary care physicians and all others who participate in the general...