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Robert Watson M.D.

Robert Watson M.D.

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Job Description

Dr. Watson mentors first- and second-year medical students with an emphasis on the art of medicine and humanism in the care of patients. He is a behavioral neurologist and teaches in the area of neuroscience. While Chair of the Curriculum Committee, the committee developed the four principles on which curriculum redesign was later based. These are: our curriculum will be integrated, developmental, competency-based, and the resources needed to achieve excellence would be provided.


Dr. Watson has served as a professor of neurology, neuroscience and clinical psychology for more than three decades, during which time he has been recognized as an outstanding teacher and student advocate.

He is an acknowledged authority on curriculum, and among his many published articles he wrote "Rediscovering the Medical School" for the July 2003 issue of Academic Medicine.

Dr. Watson helped develop the concept and is considered the "grandfather" of mission-based budgeting. As such, he has provided talks and workshops at numerous medical schools, AAMC meetings and other professional meetings on mission-based budgeting, curriculum and the continuum of medical education.

Among the numerous teaching awards he has received, Dr. Watson was chosen as recipient of the 2005 Association of American Medical Colleges Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award. The award is the highest national recognition given for contributions to the education mission.

Dr. Watson served as Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs at the University of Florida College of Medicine for 17 years. In that role, he was delegated authority for undergraduate medical, physician assistant, graduate biomedical, graduate medical and continuing medical education. He also served as the Jules B. Chapman, M.D. Professor in Clinical Care and Humaneness for 12 years. He served as Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology until 2008.


B.A. - University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., 1965
M.D. - University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Fla., 1969
Internship - Medicine-surgery, University of Alabama Medical College and University Hospital, Birmingham, Ala., 1969-70
Residency -Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Fla., 1970-72
Chief resident -Division of Neurology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Fla., 1972-73


AAMC Group on Educational Affairs - Chair, 2001
AAMC Institute for Improving Medical Education External Advisory Committee
AAMC Medical Student Objectives Project
AAMC MCAT Advisory Committee
AAMC Graduation Questionnaire Advisory Committee


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Hippocratic Award, University of Florida College of Medicine Class of 1985
Florida Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Member
UF College of Medicine Wall of Fame
Florida Medical Association (FMA) Leadership in Medical Education Award, 1998
FMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Advocate for Medical Students Award, 2003
Gerold L. Schiebler Student Advocate Award for the UF AMA-MSS Chapter, 2005
FMA-MSS Faculty Advocacy Award, 2007
AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award nominee from UF College of Medicine, 2004-05 and 2005-06
AAMC Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, 2005
AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs Career Educator Award - 2009
University of Florida Society of Teaching Scholars Lifetime Achievement Award - 2009


Center for Neurobiological Sciences, 1972
Florida Society of Neurology, 1972
International Neuropsychology Society, 1975
Alachua County Medical Society, 1976-77, 1981-present
Escambia County Medical Society, 1977-79
Florida Medical Association, 1976-present
American Medical Association, 1976-present
American Academy of Neurology, 1976-present
Behavioral Neurology Society of American Academy of Neurology, 1982
American Neurological Association, 1983-present
Center for Neurological Studies, 1984-present
American Academy of Neurology, Fellow Member, 1988
International Neuropsychological Society, 2001-present
International Association of Medical Science Educators, 2003-present


See C.V. for publications on curriculum renewal, mission-based budgeting, neuroscience and neurology.