The Plateau Post

Hometown Teaching: Dr. Taylor Comes Full Circle

Chad Taylor, DO is the regional director of medical education for ATSU-SOMA in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Taylor works with second- through fourth-year medical students who complete their training in northern Arizona through a partnership with the Colorado Plateau Center for Health Professions. 

During his medical training, Dr. Taylor saw the power a physician had to change a person’s life through education and general wellness, and advocating for patients. This drew him to osteopathic medicine. The mission of ATSU-SOMA to educate primary care physicians to help underserved populations was “right up his alley.”

During his rotations in Kingman, Arizona, Dr. Taylor was offered a job at the dermatology practice.

“It was very bizarre to be offered a job in dermatology,” Dr. Taylor says. “My first love was primary care, but I chose that position because this was the only dermatology practice that accepted state-sponsored insurance and offered a sliding scale for cash-pay patients with no insurance.”

When he’s not working with medical students at CPCHP, Dr. Taylor practices family medicine and dermatology in a small clinic setting.

“It is so wonderful serving my home community of Flagstaff. I am very happy and fulfilled in these two positions; I love to teach, and it suits me well!”

We’ll be sharing profiles as part of a series, Supporting Every Step of the Health Career Journey, in honor of National Health Center Week. Learn more about how education moves the mission at Colorado Plateau Center for Health Professions.

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