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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


Dawn Elise DeWitt, MD, MSc, CMedEd, MACP, FRACP, FRCP-London

Professor & Senior Associate Dean, CIPHERS*
Inaugural Director Year 4
Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences


MD, Harvard Medical School
MSc, (thesis) Zoology, Trinity College, Cambridge University, England, Honors 1984-1986
BA, Mount Holyoke College
Certificate of Medical Education, University of Washington (Teaching Scholars Program)

Postgraduate Training

University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals
Chief Medical Resident, University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty and Administration

Dr. DeWitt has held administrative and faculty positions at universities in the United States, Canada and Australia.

  • Before coming to WSU, she served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of British Columbia.
  • She was also a professor of medicine and regional Associate Dean for Vancouver and Fraser. She also held a variety of positions at the University of Melbourne in Australia, including Associate Dean for Rural Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. She was the Dean of the Rural Clinical School and Professor and Foundation Chair of Rural Medical Education.
  • Dr. DeWitt also held several faculty posts at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
  • Since coming to WSU, and prior to her current position, she served as the Inaugural Vice Dean for Student and Faculty Experience (2016-17) and the Inaugural Associate Dean for Clinical Education in Spokane (2017-19).

Clinical Work

Dr. DeWitt has worked as an attending physician in Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle and held consulting physician positions in Australia.

Faculty Positions

2003-2010 Foundation Head, School of Rural Health – University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences

Honors and Awards

2022 Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Award for Contribution to Scholarship

2000 Golden Apple Teaching Award, MEDEX Program, University of Washington

2001-2002 Best Doctors in America (Peer election)

2002 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (teaching award, elected by University of Washington medical students)

2006 Inaugural Early Career Achievement Award, University of Washington

2010 University of Melbourne Normal Curry Award-Programs that Enhance Learning (DeWitt at al RCS team)

2011 Rural Clinical School Teaching Award

2011 Rural Clinical School “Students’ Choice Award” Shepparton

2014 Master, American College of Physicians

2015 Annual Invited Visitings Professor. Dept. of Family Medicine; Education & Research. Hong Kong University

Editorial Responsibilities

1999-2001 SGIM Up-to-date Peer Review Leadership Group

Special International/National Responsibilities

2000-2001 Director, Community Based Teaching Workshops, ACP-ASIM 2001 Annual Session

2001-2003 Chair, National Board of Medical Examiners Step 3 Chronic Illness Committee

2001-2002 Director, Community Based Teaching Workshops, ACP-ASIM 2002 Annual Session

2002-2003 Director, Community Based Teaching Workshops, ACP-ASIM 2003 Annual Session

2004-2006 CDAMS Database Project Steering Committee

2004-2006 Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Workforce Policy Committee

2009 Harvard Macy International: Learning and Assessing in the Workplace; Course Coordinator/Group Facilitator

2011 Harvard Macy Institute Course Facilitator- Educating Students for the Future

2013-2014 AFMC Canadian Graduation Questionnaire (CGQ) Working Group-Student Mistreatment

2013-2014 AFMC CGQ (Redesign) Working Group 2013-2014

2013-2019 Governor, American College of Physicians British Columbia Chapter (Gov elect/elect designee 2013-2015)

Grant Funding

DeWitt DE (PI), Richardson BA, Bray B, Wilson M, Remsberg C, et al.  Rethinking Education on Substance use through inter-Professional Education and Rural Community Training (RESPECT). HRSA Award number: T0BHP33106-03-00. $1.9 million (2019-2024).

Wilson M (PI), DeWitt DE (Co-I), Remsberg C, Bray B, Klein T, et al. Rethinking education on Substance Use with Inter-Professional Education and Collaborative Teams using Medication-Assisted Treatment (RESPECT-MAT). DHHS-SAMHSA $199,687 (9/30/2020-9/29/22). Grant number: 1H79FG000075-01.

Courneya CA, Armstrong L, DeWitt D. Me and my shadow: teaching basic science with clinical relevance. TLEF, UBC, 2012-14.

Gisele Bourgeois-Law, Andrea Gingerich, Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, Dawn DeWitt, Barry Mason. Case Based Learning – Tutor Training Program – Supporting MD Undergraduate Curriculum Renewal.  TLEF, UBC, 2012-14.

O’Brien P, DeWitt DE. The Control of Type 2 Diabetes through weight loss in Indigenous Australians:  The Feasibility and Acceptability of LAGB. National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Grant 546018.  Funding 2009-2012: $577,500.

DeWitt DE, Bourke L, Boyle D, (Tomnay J (Director) hired after grant funding). Centre of Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH).  In 2008, the Department of Human Services, Victoria (now the Department of Health) granted the University of Melbourne, School of Rural Health (now RHAC) a four year service agreement for the establishment and subsequent activities of The Centre For Excellence in Rural Sexual Health.  Project funding: $780,000 per annum (total $3,120,000) for the period 2008 – 2012.  

Critchley J, DeWitt D, Burkholder L, et al. The use of a clinical education facilitator to improve undergraduate medical student education. Learning and Teaching Performance Fund. $95,503.

Selected Publications

Walters L, Seal A, McGirr J, Stewart R, DeWitt D, Playford D.  The effect of medical student preference on rural clinical school experience and rural career intentions.  Rural and Remote Health, 2016, article 3698. Available online:

DeWitt DE. A Tale of Two Countries: How I Saw More Patients with More Joy in Internal Medicine.  Ann Int Med, 2017.  166(9):669-70. [PMID:28346950] doi:10.7326/M17-0244. Epub 2017 Mar 28. Cited by:  Tweeted by 201 (top 5%).

DeWitt DE.  The Best of Both Worlds.  Response to Commentary on A Tale of Two Countries.  Ann Int Med, 2017. 167(9):687, doi.10.7326/L17-0393.

DeWitt DE, Harrison LE. The potential impact of scribes on medical school applicants and medical students with the new documentation guidelines. J Gen Intern Med (online 7/31/2018).

DeWitt DE. Fighting COVID-19: Enabling Graduating Students to Start Internship Early at Their Own Medical School.  Annals Intern Med, Epub ahead of print, 7 Apr 2020.

Leung TI, Biskup E, DeWitt DE.  Facilitating credentialing and engagement of international physician-migrants during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.  Rural and Remote Health, 2020.  Available online: publisher-solicited YouTube video accompanying this article can also be viewed at: YouTube:

Geiger, K, Bowman, J, DeWitt, D. (2021) Reflecting on the Advantages of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships and COVID-19. Journal of Regional Medical Campuses 4(2) DOI:  10.24926/jrmc.v4i2.34

DeWitt DE, Canny B, Nitzburg M, Choudri J, Porter S. Medical Student Satisfaction, coping and burnout in direct-entry versus graduate-entry programmes. Med Ed, 2016:50(6);637-645.

Paul Worley, Ian Couper, Roger Strasser, Lisa Graves, Beth-Ann Cummings, Richard Woodman, Pamela Stagg, David Hirsh and the CLIC Research Collaborative (Kenny Bahn, Amanda Barnard, Maggie Bartlett, Kathleen Brooks, Gilles Brousseau, David Campbell, Narelle Campbell, Hoffie Conradie, Byron Crouse, Dawn DeWitt, Michael Douglas, Jay Erickson, Deb Fearon, David Garne, Jennene Greenhill, Lori Hansen, Alex Harding, Bill Heddle, Wes Jackson, May-Lill Johansen, Deborah Jones, Scott Kitchener, Scott Knutson, Jill Konkin. Sarah Mahoney, Helen Malcolm, Lindsay Mazotti, Bridget O’Brien, Daryl Pedler, Bruce Peyser, William Pieratt, Denese Playford, Ann Poncelet, Leonard Reeves, Duplain Rejean, Torsten Risor, Lambert Schuwirth, Barbara Sheline, Branko Sijnja, Ruth Stewart, Sarah Strasser, Robert Trowbridge, Richard Van Wylick, Lucie Walters, Henry Weil, Sarah Wood, Lea Yerby). A typology of longitudinal integrated clerkships. Medical Education. 2016;50(9):922-32

Walters L, Seal A, McGirr J, Stewart R, DeWitt D, Playford D. The effect of medical student preference on rural clinical school experience and rural career intentions. Rural and Remote Health, 2016, article 3698. Available online:

DeWitt DE. A Tale of Two Countries: How I Saw More Patients with More Joy in Internal Medicine. Ann Int Med, 2017. In press for May 2017 with early e-pub March 28, 2017.

DeWitt DE, Burke W, Curtis JR. Further along the road: What influences career choices among graduates of a primary care training program.  JGIM, 1998;13:257-261.

DeWitt DE, Migeon M, LeBlond R, Carline J, Francis L, Irby D. Insights from Outstanding Rural Internal Medicine Residency Rotations at the University of Washington.  Acad Med, 2001;76:273-281.

DeWitt DE. Mom on Call.  The Lancet, 2000;356:1040.

DeWitt DE, Robins LS, Curtis JR, Burke W. Primary Care Residency Graduates’ Reported Training Needs.  Acad Med, 2001;76:285.

Jensen CC, DeWitt DE. The Reported Value of Rural Internal Medicine Residency Electives and Factors That Influence Rural Career Choice.  J Rural Health, 2002;18:25-30.

Gaster B, Knight CL, DeWitt DE, Sheffield JV, Assefi NP, Buchwald D. Physicians’ use of and attitudes toward electronic mail for patient communication. J Gen Intern Med. 2003;18:385-9.

DeWitt DE, Hirsch IB. Outpatient Insulin therapy in type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.  JAMA, 2003;289:2254-2264.

DeWitt DE, Dugdale D. Using New Insulin Strategies in the Outpatient Treatment of Diabetes: Clinical Applications.  JAMA, 2003;289:2265-2269.

Knight CL, Sakowski HA, Houghton BL, Laya MB, DeWitt D. Developing a Peer Review Process for Web-Based Curricula: Minting a New Coin of the Realm.  JGIM, 2004;19:594-8.

Burke L, Sheridan G, Russell U, Jones G, DeWitt DE, Liaw ST. Developing a Conceptual Understanding of Rural Health Practice. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 2004 Oct; 12(5):181-6

Jones GI, DeWitt DE, Elliott SL. Medical Students Reported Barriers to Training at a Rural Clinical School. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 2005, Oct; 13(5):271-5.

DeWitt DE, McLean R, Newbury J, Shannon S, Critchley J. Development of a common national questionnaire to evaluate student perceptions about the Australian Rural Clinical Schools Program.  Rural & Remote Health Journal, 2005, 5:486, online:

Matthews H, Laya M, DeWitt DE. Rural Women and Osteoporosis: Awareness and Educational Needs.  Journal of Rural Health.  Rural Health, 2006 Summer;22(3):279-83

DeWitt DE. Working Smarter: Incorporating Medical Student Teaching Into Your Busy Practice.  Australian Family Physician.  2006;35:24-26.

Critchley J, DeWitt DE, Khan M, Liaw ST. A required rural health module increases students’ interest in rural health careers. Rural and Remote Health, 2007;7:688. Available at:

Smith JD, Prideaux D, Wolfe CL, Wilkinson TJ, Sen Gupta T, DeWitt DE, Worley P, Hays RB, Cowie M.  Developing the accredited postgraduate assessment program for Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Rural and Remote Health. 2007;7:805. Available at:

DeWitt DE. I went to work with a “cold.” MJA. 2008;189(2):91-2.

DeWitt DE. Undertreatment of rural people with cardiovascular disease.  Aust Prescr.  2008;31:86-7.

DeWitt DE, Carline J, Paauw DS, Pangaro L. A Pilot Study of a “RIME” framework-based Tool for Giving Feedback in a Multi-specialty Longitudinal Clerkship.  Medical Education 2008: 42: 1205–1209.

Norris TN, Schaad DC, DeWitt DE, Ogur B, Hunt DD, and members of the Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships. Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships for Predoctoral Medical Students: An Innovation Adopted by Multiple Medical Schools Internationally.  Acad Med. 2009;84:902-907. Published with 2 commentaries in Acad Med.

Dawn E DeWitt, Stephanie Ward, Sandeep Prabhu, Bruce Warton. Patient privacy versus protecting the patient and the health system from harm: a case study. Med J Aust. Aug 17 2009;191(4):213-216.

McLean RG, Pallant JP, Cunningham C, DeWitt DE (Principle Investigator and responsible senior author). A multi-university evaluation of the rural clinical school experience of Australian medical students. Rural and Remote Health 10:1492. (Online), 2010. Available from:

Krahe L, McColl A, Cunningham C, Pallant JP, DeWitt DE (Principle Investigator and responsible senior author). A multi-university study of which factors medical students consider when deciding to attend a rural clinical school in Australia. Rural and Remote Health 10:1492. (Online), 2010. Available from:

Kurti L, Rudland S, Wilkinson R, DeWitt DE, Zhang C. Physician’s Assistants- a workforce solution for Australia? Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2011;17:23-28.

DeWitt DE, McColl GJ.  A proposal for funding and monitoring medical education supervision in expanded clinical settings – a ‘meducation’ card.Rural and Remote Health11 (online), 2011: 1683. Available from:

Walker J, DeWitt DE, Pallant J, Cunningham C. A Multi-University Study Demonstrating an Effect of Rural Training on Medical Student Practice Intentions. Rural and Remote Health 12: 1908. (Online) 2012. Available:

Azzopardi J, DeWitt DE.  Quality and safety issues in procedural rural practice: a prospective evaluation of current quality and safety guidelines in 3000 colonoscopies. Rural and Remote Health 12: 1949. (Online) 2012. Available from:

DeWitt DE, Dugdale DC, Adam WA. Non-Glycemic Targets in Diabetes. Med Clin N Am 99 (2015) 187–200.

Paul E. O’Brien, Dawn E. DeWitt, Cheryl Laurie, Leah Brennan, John M. Wentworth, Margaret Anderson, Kerin O’Dea, Felicia Dean, Andrew Smith, David P Dalton. The Effect of Weight Loss on Indigenous Australians with Diabetes: a study of Feasibility, Acceptability and Effectiveness of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding. OBES SURG, DOI 10.1007/s11695-015-1733-4. Published online 20 May 2015.

Dawn Dewitt
Dawn Elise DeWitt, MD, MSc, CMedEd, MACP, FRACP, FRCP-London
Professor & Senior Associate Dean, CIPHERS*
Inaugural Director Year 4