Dave Steele is Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Director, Office of Curriculum, Evaluation, and Accreditation at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. He is also Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Steele joined the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso in July 2007.
Prior to joining Texas Tech, he served as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Evaluation and Director, Office of Medical Education at Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Steele was one of the founding members of the FSU College of Medicine. He played a major role in the development of the four year curriculum and in the LCME accreditation process where he served as chair of the Accreditation Task Force for four years. Until recently, FSU was the first new medical school to be accredited by the LCME in over 20 years. In addition to his administrative responsibilities at FSU, Dr. Steele also served as course director for a required second year course on Medicine and Behavior and he was an active lecturer and small group leader in a "Doctoring" course for first year medical students.
Dr. Steele has taught at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. At each of these institutions he was involved in curriculum and program development. Dr. Steele has served as director or co-director on several federally funded curriculum grants including two HRSA funded initiatives (Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum Project and Undergraduate Medical Education for the 21st Century.) He also served as program evaluation consultant for the HRSA-funded Family Medicine Curriculum Resource Project.
Dr. Steele is a medical anthropologist. He received his Honors BA in anthropology and psychology from the University of Utah and his Masters and PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in Educational Policy Studies. On completing his doctorate he was awarded a two year NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine and health psychology co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology and by the section of general internal medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Currently, Dr. Steele is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Committee for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He recently completed a term on the USMLE Step 1 item writing committee for the Behavioral Sciences, but continues to consult with the National Board of Medical Examiners on the customized examination service and communication skills assessment. He has served as Medical Education Editor for the journal Patient Education and Counseling since 2005.
In 1998 Dr. Steele was the recipient of the campus-wide Faculty Senate Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine and in 2005 his colleagues at FSU College of Medicine honored him with the inaugural Exemplary Faculty Service Award.
Dr. Steele's interests include physician-patient communication, innovation and change in medical education, small group teaching and learning and the application of the social and behavioral sciences to medical education and practice.
Dave has been happily married to his high school sweetheart since 1969. For fun and recreation Dave enjoys conversing with his four dogs (they are good listeners!), reading, and running.