Ronald Edelstein, Ed.D.

Associate Provost

Ronald Edelstein, Ed.D. is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.  Dr. Edelstein previously served as Acting Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine and is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Edelstein holds a dual appointment in the UCLA School of Medicine in conjunction with the joint Drew/UCLA  Medical Education Program.

Dr. Edelstein has served at Drew since 1978.  He is an educational psychologist and clinical psychologist and received his doctorate in educational psychology at UCLA.  As the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Edelstein is responsible for academic planning and implementation, academic administration (university accreditation), academic business development, university academic relationships, academic resources, faculty development, health sciences library/learning resources, and enrollment/registration.

Dr. Edelstein’s research interests include: medical education, memory and learning theory; medical informatics; instructional design and evaluation; and behavioral science in medical education. His research includes work with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) evaluating their pilot computerized clinical simulation examination, and the PEW Foundation Health of the Public Program developing new models of medical education. 

Dr. Edelstein has served on national committees for organizations including the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) as the Western Regional Representative for the Continuing Medical Education Committee. He has also   participated in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) invited conference, “Health Professions Education Summit”, held to “discuss and help the committee develop strategies for restructuring clinical education to be consistent with the principles of the 21st-century health system”. 

Recently, Dr. Edelstein was part of a Drew research team that published the finding of a multi-year assessment of the Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program in the September 2005 issue of the Research Journal Academic Medicine.  The manuscript was titled “Impact of the University of California, Los Angeles/Charles Drew University Medical Education Program on Medical Students' Intentions to Practice in Underserved Areas.”

Dr. Edelstein was selected as one of the recipients of the 2006 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Award for Excellence in Education.