New Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education appointed

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Following the approval of the Provost, Dr. Michael Strong is delighted to announce that Dr. Gary Tithecott has been appointed as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, effective October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2016.

Dr. Tithecott completed his MD at The University of Western Ontario in 1979. He completed his residency in Paediatrics at the IWK Hospital for Children, Dalhousie University and at The Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto. Dr. Tithecott is currently Chief of Staff at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in Chatham, Ontario as well as the Academic Director for Paediatrics for Schulich's Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network (SWOMEN). He was the Medical Director of the Prism Centre for Audiology & Children's Rehabilitation in Chatham from 1987 to 2007.

Dr. Tithecott has held an academic appointment in the Department of Paediatrics at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry since 1989 and is actively engaged in teaching Schulich residents and clerks. He also participates regularly in community health forums for primary health care providers, and is involved in education for many schools and community groups on a variety of health topics. He received the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Tri-Board Award, Mission Category in 2006 and was the recipient of the SWOMEN Child Health Education Award from the Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2005. He is currently completing his Executive MBA through the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western.

While we congratulate Dr. Tithecott on his new appointment, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our outgoing Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Dr. Maggie Rebel.

Dr. Rebel has held this role since September 2004. During this time, she has made significant contributions to the School on many levels: from spearheading a substantial curriculum redesign, to the introduction of videoconferencing and a distributed education model for the Windsor Program, to facilitating expansion of our medical class size, to driving and implementing our accreditation accountabilities. We are indebted to Dr. Rebel for her exceptional dedication and leadership during this important time in the development of Schulich Medicine. We wish her the best as she returns full-time to her practice in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Tithecott to his new role and thanking Dr. Rebel for her outstanding service to the School.

Dr. Michael Strong, Dean
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry