Charles W. “Chuck” Dohner, Ph.D.
Charles W. “Chuck” Dohner, Ph.D., a pioneer in medical education, founding chair of UW Medicine’s Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics, and director of the department’s International Medical Education program, died June 1, 2010.
As a pioneer and innovator in medical education evaluation, program development and mentorship, Dohner was instrumental in developing educators in academic medicine, simulations and performance assessment, and in community-based medical education.
He was a leader in establishing medical education’s current model for success: technical competence in education, interpersonal communication and collaboration skills, a plan for personal growth, use of mentors, information technology, professionalism, wellness and complementary medicine and performance assessment.
In his leadership role at the UW, he helped create and evaluate the WWAMI program, the regional medical education program for the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.
Dohner began his career as a high school and junior college teacher in Kansas, where he taught mathematics and served as the basketball coach from 1953 to 1957. From 1957 to 1963, he was dean of men at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle.
At age 35, he became a graduate student in education at The Ohio State University and also served as associate director of the university testing center, where he assisted several medical school faculty members with educational evaluation and research.
Dohner completed his Ph.D. and was recruited by the UW in 1967 to establish an office of research in medical education, which became a department in the School of Medicine in 1989. After he stepped down as chair in 1996, Dohner continued to work with the Teaching Scholars Program and the International Medical Education Program. He was the founding president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education and a frequent consultant in international medical education.Dohner is survived by his wife, Barbara, and children: Deborah Yamamoto, Daniel Dohner and Diane Everett.
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