Dr. Alison Dobbie, senior associate dean for curriculum and accreditation, joined Ross University School of Medicine in 2012 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, a top 25 US medical school in both research and education. Dobbie spent six years in Dallas as a tenured Distinguished Teaching Full Professor and as the Perry E. Gross M.D. Distinguished Chair of Family and Community Medicine.
After ten years as a full-time rural family medicine practitioner and teacher in Scotland, Dobbie moved to the USA in 1997. She has since held faculty positions at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Imperial College, London, England; the University of Kansas School of Medicine; and UT Southwestern. She attended medical school at the University of Glasgow and undertook her residency at the University of Edinburgh, both in Scotland. She completed a 1-year Faculty Development fellowship at the Faculty Development Center, Waco, Texas in 1998 and was a Harvard-Macy Scholar in 2003. As an outstanding teacher within the University of Texas system, she was inducted as a member of the University of Texas Shine Academy of Health Science Education in 2009.
She has served on a vast array of committees at all four institutions at which she has previously worked and, having sat the Step 2 CS exam as soon as it was introduced for IMGs, was then drafted onto a standards setting panel formed by the NBME and the ECFMG to implement the examination for all USMLE candidates. She is board certified in family medicine in both the USA and the UK and is fully licensed to practice medicine in Florida, Texas and the United Kingdom.
As a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Dobbie has served as secretary-treasurer, program committee member and an editorial board member for Family Medicine, their official journal. She has also spearheaded their innovative "on-the-road" program to provide faculty development to educators at their own locations.
She has more than 50 publications and over 200 national and international presentations. From 1997-2007, she was awarded educational research grant funding of over $7 million.
Dobbie is a nationally recognized family medicine and medical education expert and a fervent believer that education is a lifelong process that doesn’t end outside the confines of the classroom. Currently, her research interests revolve around the growing importance of technology in medical education and establishing new methods for community-engaged learning.