| June 21, 2002
David W. Musick, PhD, Named Director
of Graduate Medical Education for PENN Medicine
PA) -- David W. Musick, PhD, has been appointed
Director of Graduate Medical Education (GME) for PENN
Medicine by Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice
President for the University of Pennsylvania Health
System and Dean of the School of Medicine.
In his new position, Dr. Musick will work to improve
the operations of PENN Medicine's graduate medical education
system, a system that trains about 800 medical residents
each year. He will work closely with department chairs,
residency program directors, the GME Committee, and
other faculty and staff to ensure that the GME program
in each of the Health System's four hospitals functions
at the highest possible level. " In the past, accreditation
agencies -- such as the Accreditation Council for Graduate
Medical Education -- focused on the process used in
training medical residents," explains Dr. Musick,
"but now they are equally interested in the educational
outcomes of the program. It's a totally different way
of looking at resident training for all academic medical
centers throughout the country. The new environment
in GME will require all training sites to be even more
diligent in educational planning, performance evaluation
and overall monitoring of residents' activities."
According to Musick, this change in approach affords
PENN Medicine an opportunity to take a closer look at
its residency training programs with an eye toward making
any necessary improvements for continued excellence.
"The stakes [for accreditation] are extremely high
for all academic medical centers," states Dr. Musick.
"At Penn, we are committed to being proactive in
addressing these issues, in hopes that we will set the
example for others."
"Dr. Musick is a demonstrated leader in the development
and assessment of residency training programs,"
said Dr. Rubenstein in announcing the appointment, "and
I am confident he will ensure that Penn's program meets
or exceeds GME Council parameters while continuing to
develop the next generation of physician leaders."
In addition to directing the graduate medical education
program, Dr. Musick will serve as Vice-Chair for Education
and Development in the Department of Rehabilitation
that capacity, he will be responsible for enhancing
the department's residency program, increasing the department's
research funding, and securing additional funding in
the form of endowments for the department.
Possessing a strong interest in medical ethics, Dr.
Musick will also contribute as a faculty member in Penn's
world-renowned Center for Bioethics.
In 1978, Dr. Musick earned his bachelor of science degree
in human relations at Milligan College in Tennessee.
In 1985 he earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology
from East Tennessee State University, and in 1995, Dr.
Musick earned his PhD in Educational Policy Studies
and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky. Prior
to coming to Penn, Dr. Musick served as Assistant Dean
for Student Assessment and Program Evaluation for the
University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he
remains an adjunct assistant professor of Physical Medicine
Dr. Musick is a member of numerous national service
organizations including: the American Educational Research
Association; the Association of American Medical Colleges,
the Association of Academic Physiatry, the Association
of Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education, and the
Ethics and Peer Review Committee of the American Association
of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has also served on
the Committee on Educational Evaluation for the National
Institute for Healthcare Research.
A prolific writer, Dr. Musick has authored/co-authored
articles for prestigious journals including: the Annals
of Behavioral Science and Medical Education, Academic
Medicine; the American Journal of Ethics and
Medicine and Anesthesiology. He has also
lectured throughout the United States.
Dr. Musick's research interests include medical education
testing and evaluation systems, medical and philosophical
ethics, spirituality in medicine, clinical outcomes
in rehabilitation, and academic physiatry.
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