Dean X. Parmelee, MD

Academic Affairs-SOM
Professor, Psychiatry & Pediatrics Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, SOM
White Hall 290, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Education History:

M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine

B.A., Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio

Resident and Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Resident and Clinical Fellow in Child Psychiatry, McLean Hospital of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Background and Areas of Interest

Dr. Parmelee joined the Boonshoft School of Medicine in 2001 after a distinguished career of teaching, service, and scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VCU).  While at VCU, he was the Medical Director of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, directed the medical school’s second year curriculum, served as a Governor’s Appointee to the Child Fatality Review Team and the Steering Committee for the implementation of the 0-3 Early Intervention Program.  He has served on several committees of the National Board of Medical Examiners, performed site visits for the LCME, and has been a regular site visit reviewer of medical schools for the Ministry of Higher Education of the United Arab Emirates.

At the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dr. Parmelee has championed ‘active learning’ in its curriculum, including the development of Team-Based Learning™ (TBL™) in all major courses and most clerkships.  He was the Inaugural President of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (, and conducts workshops for faculty development nationally and internationally on TBL™ and curriculum design in the health science professions.  He has served as plenary speaker at the annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators and faculty development retreats at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.  He has been a Visiting Professor of Medical Education at the Duke/National University of Singapore, Catholic University of Korea School of Medicine, the University of Sharjah (UAE), and Sultan Qaboos University College of Medicine, Oman.

In addition to promoting ‘active learning’ in the Boonshoft curriculum, he helped develop the School’s elective course, the Healer’s Art  in which almost all students participate.  This course, designed by Dr. Rachel Remen and offered at more than 60 US medical schools, helps medical students learn about meaning in medicine and how they might hold on to and practice the values of the profession throughout their lives of service.  He is a co-author of  “Professional Formation: Extending Medicine’s Lineage of Service into the Next Century,” published in the 2010 Special Flexner Centennial Issue of Academic Medicine, which advocates greater attention to the enduring and deeper values of the physician lineage in medical education. 

Dr. Parmelee has edited four textbooks, and authored or co-authored many book chapters and peer- reviewed journal articles on child and adolescent psychiatry, psychoanalysis, medical ethics, pediatrics, and medical education.  He has conducted over 100 workshops on TBL and curriculum design at US health science professions schools (allopathic, osteopathic, naturopathic, nursing, pharmacy) and many international schools in the Far and Middle East, Africa and Europe.  In 2011, he was an invited speaker at the 2nd Annual Health Professional Education Quality Conference in Bali, Indonesia, sponsored by the World Bank.

Beginning January 2014, Dr. Parmelee serves as Principal for a unique affiliation agreement between the Boonshoft SOM and Qassim University-Unaizah College of Medicine in which this new school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is implementing the Boonshoft SOM curriculum and offering the M.D. degree—the first such degree offering in the Kingdom. The agreement includes extensive collaborations between the two institutions and will include student and faculty exchange.

Dr. Parmelee is a full faculty member for the Wright State University Graduate School and is a  Life Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.


Michaelsen, Larry, Parmelee, Dean X., McMahon, Kathryn, and Levine, Ruth, Co-Editors. Team-Based Learning for Health Professions Education. Stylus Publishing, Sterling, VA. November 1, 2007.

May 29, 2009 -- Translated into Japanese.

June 22, 2009 -- Translated into Korean.

Michaelsen, L.K., Sweet, M., and Parmelee, D. X., Co-Editors. Team-Based Learning: Small-Group Learning's Next Big Step. 116. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Dec 16 2008.

Parmelee, Dean X., Editor. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Mosby-Year Book, Inc., St. Louis, MO. Published February 19, 1996. Reviewed in the New England Journal of Medicine, November 7, 1996.

Jacobson, A. J. & D.X. Parmelee, Editors. Psychoanalysis: Critical Explorations in Contemporary Theory and Practice. Bruner-Mazel, New York, 1981.

Book Chapters

Michaelsen, L.M., Parmelee, D.X., and Abbas Hyderi. Team-Based Learning. In Evidence-Based Education: Promoting Best Practice in the Teaching and Learning of Health Professional Students.To be published by Radcliffe Publishing Ltd, Abingdon, United Kingdom. Editors: Ted Brown and Brett Williams. Radcliffe, London, 2015.

Parmelee, D.X. and al-Kadi, A. Team-Based Learning. In W.B. Jeffries, K.N. Huggett (eds.), An Introduction to Medical Teaching, 2nd Edition.Springer, New York, 2014.

Parmelee, D.X., Michaelsen, L.K., Hudes, P. Team-Based Learning. In J. Dent and R. Harden (Eds.), A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers, 4th Edition. Elsevier Ltd, Edinburgh. 2013.

Parmelee, D.X. and Sibley, J. Knowledge is no longer enough: Enhancing professional education with Team-Based Learning. In Larry Michaelsen, Michael Sweet and Dean Parmelee (Eds.), Team-Based Learning: Small Group Learning's Next Big Step: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 116. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco. (2009, January).

Representative Recent and Pending Publications

Neeley S, Roman B, Parmelee D. Teenage Pregnancy: Team-Based Learning Exercise. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from:

Reichert J, Parmelee D, Bognar S, Durgans K, Godoy M. A LION IN THE HOUSE Module for Health Care Education: Pediatric End-of-Life Case Studies. MedEdPORTAL, 2012. Available from:

Haidet P, Levine RE, Parmelee, DX, Crow S, Kennedy F, Kelly A, Perkowski L, Michaelsen L, Richards BF: Guidelines for Reporting Team-Based Learning Activities in the Medical Literature. Academic Medicine. 87(3): 292-299, 2012.

Bou Akl I, Ghaddar F, Sabra R, Parmelee D, Simaan JA, Kanafani ZA, Zgheib NK: Teaching clinical pharmacology using team-based learning: a comparison between third- and fourth-year medical students. J Clin Pharmacol. 52(12):1806-14. doi: 10.1177/0091270011428986. Epub 2012, Dec 15.

Parmelee, DX, Hudes, P: Team-Based Learning: a relevant strategy in Health Professionals’ Education. Medical Teacher. 34(5): 411-413, 2012.

Parmelee, DX, Michaelsen, LK, Cook, S, Hudes, P: Team-Based Learning. AMEE Guides in Medical Education, Guide # 65. AMEE 2012.

Parmelee, DX: Effective small group Learning. Guide Supplement 48.1. Viewpoint. Medical Teacher.  33(12):  1031-1033, 2011.

Borges, N, Parmelee, DX: Changes in Personality and Learning Styles for First Year Medical Students. Medical Science Educator.  Vol 21(3), 200-202, 2011.

Koles PG, Stolfi A, Borges NJ, Nelson S, Parmelee DX: The Impact of Team-Based Learning on Medical Students' Academic Performance. Academic Medicine. Vol 85, No.11: pp 1739-1745, 2010.

Rabow MW, Remen RN, Parmelee DX, Innui T: Professional Formation: Extending Medicine’s Lineage of Service into the Next Century. Special Flexner Centenary Issue of Academic Medicine.  Vol 85, No. 2: pp 310-18, 2010.

Deardorff AS, Moore JA, Borges NJ, Parmelee DX.  Assessing First Year Medical Student Attitudes of Effectiveness of Team Based Learning.  JIAMSE; 20(2): 76-72. 2010.

Pearson J, Rich M, Parmelee D, (2010). Neurologic Localizations. MedEdPORTAL:

Parmelee, DX. Team-Based Learning: Moving Forward in Curriculum Innovation: A Commentary.  Medical Teacher, 2010 pp 105-107, 2010.

Recent Presentations and Workshops for Faculty Development

12th Annual, Team-Based Learning Collaborative Meeting, Ft. Worth, TX
Qassim University, Unaizah College of Medicine, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
University of Colorado, Denver


11th Annual, Team-Based Learning Collaborative Meeting, San Diego, CA
University of Zimbabwe School of Medicine, Harare, Zimbabwe
University of Iowa College of Medicine, Cedar Rapids, IA
Association of Medical Educators of Europe, Prague, Czech Republic
University of Vermont School of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Qassim University-Unaizah College of Medicine, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


10th Annual, Team-Based Learning Collaborative Mtg., St. Petersburg, FL
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
International Association of Medical Science Educators, Portland, OR
Association of Medical Educators of Europe, Lyon, France
Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI


Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton
University of South Alabama School of Medicine
Salus University Colleges of Audiology and Optometry
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
University of Illinois College of Medicine -- Leon and Frances D. Geever Webinar Series, Inaugural Presentation for Best Practices in Learner-Centered Medical Education
International Association of Medical Science Educators
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
East Tennessee State University School of Medicine
The 8th Annual Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, Singapore
Duke/National University of Singapore
2nd Annual Health Professional Education Quality Conference, sponsored by the World Bank, Bali, Indonesia

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