Department of Bio-Medical Sciences - PCOM
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Dawn Shell, PhD


Email: dawnsh@pcom.edu
Office: 215-871-6450
Publications and Selected Works

Dr. Shell is a full-time educator in the Department of Bio-Medical Sciences at PCOM. She directs courses in the DO and Master's of Biomedical Sciences program and assists in teaching the fundamental bacteriology lectures associated with infectious disease in both programs. In addition to these lectures, she also helps develop and facilitate case conference and team-based learning exercises. Another one of Dr. Shell's primary responsibilities at PCOM involves counseling students that struggle academically. Presently, Dr. Shell serves as Chair of the Student Progress Evaluation Committee (SPEC) for the DO program on the PA campus. She is also a member of the SPEC for the Master's in Biomedical Sciences program. Dr. Shell is heavily involved in developing strategies and programs for the early identification, remediation and retention of struggling students.

  • Education

    Post-doctoral research, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

    Post-doctoral research, Drexel University College of Medicine
    PhD, MCP-Hahnemann University College of Medicine, 2001

  • Courses

    Lectures for Infectious Disease module of Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine

    Lectures for bacteriology portion of the Infectious Process Course in the Master's of Biomedical Sciences Program

  • Awards

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Faculty Member Award, First recipient, 2014

    Professor of the Trimester, March 2015

  • Memberships

    International Association of Medical Educators

    Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

  • Other

    Volunteer and Leadership Activities
    • Faculty Advisor for the Student National Medical Association
    • Chair of the DO Student Progress Evaluation Committee (PA campus)
    • Active participant of the DO Curriculum Committee
    • PCOM Campus Supervisor for the Physician Scientist Training Program
    • PCOM Representative for the Regional Cooperative on Minority Faculty Development
    • Member of The President’s Diversity Council at PCOM