Perry Dickinson, MD
Director of Practice Facilitation

Perry Dickinson is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree at Tulane University in 1975 and his medical degree in 1978 from the University of Arkansas.

He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Arkansas in 1982 and family medicine faculty development fellowships at Michigan State University and Duke University.

Before coming to Colorado, he was a faculty member for 16 years in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Alabama, where he served as Director of Medical Student Education, Director of Behavioral Medicine, Medical Director, Residency Director, and Vice-Chair at various times.

Dr. Dickinson is currently the President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and has recently served as President of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), Chair of the Council of Academic Family Medicine, and President of the Board of Directors of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Dr. Dickinson has served on multiple other committees and task groups for national organizations. His contributions to academic family medicine have been acknowledged through President’s Recognition Awards from both NAPCRG and STFM.

Dr. Dickinson has worked on multiple studies investigating the process of practice improvement and redesign, particularly focusing on the impact of practice organizational features on practice change efforts, the use of elements of the Chronic Care Model in primary care practices, and the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

He leads the Colorado Family Medicine Residency PCMH Project, which assists all ten residency programs in Colorado in implementing the PCMH model in their practices and curricula.

He also is involved in projects related to mental health issues in primary care and developing health information technology tools to support aspects of patient self-management support and health behavior change.

Dr. Dickinson is married to Miriam Dickinson, PhD, a biostatistician in the Department of Family Medicine, and they have four children and two grandchildren.

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