Donna D. Elliott, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Medical Education (Educational Scholar)

Vice Dean for Medical Education

Chair, Department of Medical Education

Ensign Foundation and Tony Alamo, MD, Chair in Medical Education

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Donna D. Elliott, M.D., Ed.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education, Vice Dean for Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Medical Education at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Elliott oversees all academic areas related to medical student education, pathway programs, and the Master of Academic Medicine and Master of Narrative Medicine programs at Keck. Dr. Elliott has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards including the Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring and the Excellence in Teaching Award both from the University of Southern California. She was also named a Master Teacher at the Keck School of Medicine and elected a faculty fellow in the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Elliott received the Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association and was named a Remarkable Woman of USC. Dr. Elliott received the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award from the NBME and the national Exemplary Service Award from the AAMC Group on Student Affairs in 2021. She recently completed terms as a member of AAMC Group on Student Affairs National Steering Committee and as a member of the Executive Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Elliott is currently the chair of the National Resident Matching Program Board of Directors and a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.


  • Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California Academic Medicine. 2020; 9(95):S42-S44. . View in PubMed
  • Handbook of Research on the Efficacy of Training Programs and Systems in Medical Education Expect What You Inspect: A Worked Example of Dashboards That Support Continuous Quality Improvement in Medical Education. 2020. . View in PubMed
  • A comparison of medical students’ learning approaches between first year and fourth year Southern Medical Journal. 2019; 4(108):207-210. . View in PubMed
  • A Continuum of Innovation: Curricular Renewal Strategies in Undergraduate Medical Education, 2010-2018 Academic Medicine. 2019; (94):S79-S85. . View in PubMed
  • Medical Student Perceptions of the Learning Environment in Medical School Change as Students Transition to Clinical Training in Undergraduate Medical School Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2017; 4(29):383-391. . View in PubMed
  • To What End, Diversity? . 2015.. View in PubMed
  • Online social media and Professionalism: Does targeted early education lead to change in medical students’ behaviors and attitudes? . Academic Medicine. 2013; 2(88):240-245.. View in PubMed
  • Shaping professionalism in pre-clinical medical students: Professionalism and the practice of medicine Med Teach. 2009 Jul; 31(7):e295-302. . View in PubMed
  • The nonphysician “medical student educator”: a formal addition to the clerkships and key programs at an academic medical center Teach Learn Med. 2007; 19(2):154-61. . View in PubMed

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