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David Ethan Swee, MD
Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Associate Dean for Education


David E. Swee, MD, is Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS).  Dr. Swee is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine and of the family medicine residency at Somerset Medical Center, and he is board certified in family medicine.  During 2002-2003 he completed the F. Marian Bishop Fellowship in conjunction with the American Council on Education Fellowship Program.  For the school, he was Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine for 15 years, of the school’s Curriculum Committee for nine years, and of the school's faculty practice group for two years.  He has also served in many other departmental roles such as Director, Predoctoral Programs; Director, Fellowship Programs; and Chair, Appointments and Promotion Committee.  Since July, 2016 he has served as the Medical Director of the department’s major practice site, Family Medicine at Monument Square, where he continues to see patients on a regular basis as well as making rounds in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.  He also teaches medical students at all levels as well as residents and faculty and has published widely in education and edited the text Teaching family medicine in medical school: a companion to Predoctoral education in family medicine

Dr. Swee has also held numerous external positions including serving on the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education, which he chaired; on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits medical schools; on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Accreditation Review Committee; and on the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) Committee on Medical Education, which he chaired for many years.  Clinically-related positions have included being Chair, MSNJ Council on Medical Services; serving as the MSNJ representative to the Physician Consortium on Performance Improvement; and being a past Chair of the AMA Advisory Committee on Group Practice Physicians.  In terms of health policy leadership he continues to serve as an MSNJ Delegate to the AMA, Chair of the NJ Drug Utilization Review Board, and he was a past Co-Chair, MSNJ Policy and Strategy Panel.  Other organizational positions have included his numerous roles with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) such as chairing the STFM Education Committee, and service on the Preceptor Education Project as well as serving on both the STFM Board and the STFM Foundation Board of Trustees.  He has also had numerous roles with the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, including President and then Chairman of the Board.  Currently he is the Treasurer and member of the Board of the Institute of Medicine & Public Health of New Jersey, Inc. – The MSNJ Foundation, and an MSNJ Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates.

Selected honors: CentraState Healthcare Foundation Excellence in Healthcare Award, 2018; Edward J Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards: Outstanding Medical Educator Award, 2014; Robert Raszkowski, MD ACCME Hero Award Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, 2009; STFM Recognition Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2002

Scholarly interests:  patient-doctor relationships, practice operations, medical ethics, medical education 

Frequent education presentations: resident as educator, assessment skills, goals and objectives, clinical teaching, observation and feedback, presentation skills, dealing with difficult faculty