• Dr. Shawn Galin, Associate Professor of Medicine, is the Director of the Office of Standardized Patient Education (OSPE) at UAB. Dr. Galin completed his undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham earning a BS in 1988. He then entered the MS graduate program in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed his MS degree in 1990. He continued his graduate studies in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and was awarded his PhD in 1994. He remained to continue his Post-Doctoral training and became a faculty member in 1996. Dr. Galin became a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care in October, 2009. He entered his current position as Director of OSPE in 2015.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 Competency-based education in transitioning nurse practitioner students from education into practiceJournal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  31:675-682. 2019
    2009 Neutrophils contain prolyl endopeptidase and generate the chemotactic peptide, PGP, from collagenJournal of Neuroimmunology.  217:51-54. 2009
    2009 The presence of a matrix-derived neutrophil chemoattractant in bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome after lung transplantationJournal of Immunology.  182:4423-4431. 2009
    2007 Possible therapeutic vaccines for canine myasthenia gravis: Implications for the human disease and associated fatigueBrain, Behavior, and Immunity.  21:323-331. 2007
    2006 Weathington et al. reply [2]Nature Medicine.  12:604. 2006
    2006 A novel peptide CXCR ligand derived from extracellular matrix degradation during airway inflammationNature Medicine.  12:317-323. 2006
    2001 Prevention and reversal of experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis by a monoclonal antibody against acetylcholine receptor-specific T cellsCellular Immunology.  208:107-114. 2001
    2001 Prevention and reversal of experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis by a monoclonal antibody against acetylcholine receptor-specific T cells.Cellular Immunology.  208:107-114. 2001
    2001 An IgM anti-MBP Ab in a case of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia with polyneuropathy expressing an idiotype reactive with an MBP epitope immunodominant in MS and EAEJournal of Neuroimmunology.  113:163-169. 2001
    1999 Highly related immunoglobulin light chain sequences in different multiple sclerosis patientsJournal of Neuroimmunology.  100:98-101. 1999
    1996 Prevention of experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis by a monoclonal antibody to a complementary peptide for the main immunogenic region of the acetylcholine receptorJournal of Immunology.  157:386-392. 1996
    1996 Murine Vλx and Vλx-containing antibodies bind human myelin basic proteinJournal of Clinical Investigation.  97:486-492. 1996
    1996 Preferential association of Vλx light chains with γ2a heavy chains in naturally occurring human myelin basic protein reactive antibodiesJournal of Neuroimmunology.  70:15-20. 1996
    1994 A V lambda x-bearing monoclonal antibody with similar specificity and sequence to encephalitogenic T cell receptors.Journal of Immunology.  153:1132-1140. 1994
    1994 A Vλx-bearing monoclonal antibody with similar specificity and sequence to encephalitogenic T cell receptorsJournal of Immunology.  153:1132-1140. 1994
    1991 Corticotropin-releasing factor upregulates expression of two truncated pro-opiomelanocortin transcripts in murine lymphocytesJournal of Neuroimmunology.  31:51-58. 1991
    1991 Detection of Growth Hormone and Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone-Related Messenger RNA in Rat Leukocytes by the Polymerase Chain Reaction 1991
    1991 Role of leukocyte-derived pro-opiomelanocortin peptides in endotoxic shockCirculatory shock.  35:181-191. 1991
    1990 Characteristics of Lymphocyte‐derived Proopiomelanocortin‐related mRNAAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  594:382-384. 1990
    1990 Nucleotide and amino acid sequence of lymphocyte-derived corticotropin: Endotoxin induction of a truncated peptide 1990
    1990 Possible alternate splicing or initiation of the proopiomelanocortin gene in lymphocytesInternational Journal of Neuroscience.  51:171-172. 1990
    1989 Cloning and sequencing of imniunoglobulin variable-region genes using degenerate oligodeoxy-ribonucleotides and polymerase chain reactionGene.  82:371-377. 1989

    Research Overview

  • Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) occupy an increasingly visible place in society but experience clear disparities in health outcomes and care. Transgender patients, in particular, suffer far larger burdens of health inequity. Considering SP-based formative activities enhance clinical competencies in medical students, we successfully recruited transgender-identified individuals from the local community to aid in assessing medical students’ confidence and knowledge concerning the healthcare needs of transgender patients. Funds for our studies are through a University of Alabama Health Service Foundation grant, awarded in 2017. Our ultimate goal is to measure the educational impact that curricular advancements around transgender health care using transgender SPs has on our medical students. We successfully recruited 16 transgender individuals to serve as SPs in formative clinical encounters with medical students. Working with transgender SPs also allows for the student encounters to be inherently authentic and the true voice and concerns of the transgender patient to be heard. This work won awards at both the 2018 and 2019 Research and Innovations in Medical Education (RIME) Educational Conference here at UAB. UAB also honored this work with a Lavender Award for innovative research in this area.
  • Teaching Overview

  • I currently provide curricular content to many schools across UAB. I am a Course Director within the School of Medicine and Block Leader within the UAB Graduate School. I provide curricular content and lectures to the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Optometry, and Graduate School. I give more than 30 lectures per year and both my leadership and teaching effectiveness continue to receive positive evaluations from students. I continue to be an educational resource for students and my door is always open to them even after a course has ended.
  • Education And Training

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Other
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1994
  • Awards And Honors

    Full Name

  • Shawn F. Galin