Dr. Jeffrey E. Pettit, PhD, MA, is an associate professor (clinical) in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and an education consultant for the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. His primary role is to assist residents and faculty members in their teaching, leadership, and team building skills.
Dr. Pettit is someone who doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. After graduating from the Naval Academy, he was going to be a career officer before he was shipwrecked by motion sickness. Next, he was a senior systems engineer in the space shuttle program until he learned his career wasn’t getting off the ground. Graduating with a doctoral degree in business and being Mr. Mom was working until his wife wanted back in the house. Dr. Pettit then took on the role as assistant professor in a small liberal arts college until he flunked academic politics. As an organizational effectiveness coordinator for the Iowa Health System, he learned the ins and outs of health care administration until acute downsizing occurred. Finally, he has landed in a role that combines his knowledge and experiences in education and organizational effectiveness.
Dr. Pettit has 20 years of teaching experience at the college/university undergraduate and graduate levels and currently teaches in the master’s in medical education degree program. He has 30 years of experience as a consultant, facilitator, and speaker in the areas of team development, leadership, training, and organization development and change. He has facilitated change at the individual, team, and organization level across a variety of industries with successful outcomes. Dr. Pettit brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to prepare professionals for their roles in the future of health care.