August 5, 2019
Dr. Dale Dickinson joined the College of Community Health Sciences as director of the Office of Medical Student Affairs and associate professor of community medicine and population health. In the director role, Dickinson will provide strategic leadership and oversight for programs that support the education of medical students at the College. CCHS is a regional campus of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Specifically, Dickinson will lead the College’s Office of Medical Student Affairs in the areas of academic and career success, professional development, student health and wellness, student leadership, and student organizations and interest groups. Prior to joining the College, Dickinson spent nearly two decades at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as faculty and in senior administration, including in the provost’s office as director of UAB’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Dickinson received a bachelor’s degree in biology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and a PhD in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. He completed post-doctoral work at the University of Southern California. As an associate professor of public health at UAB, he published numerous scientific manuscripts, designed and taught courses and was twice honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Shawn Cecil joined the College of Community Health Sciences as assistant professor of pediatrics. He is a practicing pediatrician and will also care for patients at University Medical Center, which the College operates. Cecil received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama and his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his third and fourth years of medical school at CCHS, which serves as a regional campus of the School of Medicine for the clinical education of a portion of medical students. Cecil completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and served as chief resident at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.