AUC Appoints New Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development

January 20, 2016

mark-quirk-auc-senior-associate-dean.jpgWe're pleased to announce that Mark Quirk, Ed.D. has been appointed senior associate dean for curriculum and faculty development for American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). In this role, Dr. Quirk will provide vision and oversight for all forms of curriculum and faculty development, including determining appropriate support, resources and programming. 

In his position, Dr. Quirk will play a lead role in supporting continuous improvement of vertical and horizontal integration between and within semesters through a diverse range of activities that enhance teaching, learning, assessment and leadership. He will also have responsibility for developing a comprehensive program of faculty development, and continuing to enhance AUC’s culture of teaching and learning excellence. His duties will include designing and delivering faculty development workshops and seminars, advising on development of teaching and leadership skills, and serving as a mentor and resource to faculty members in their development of instructional performance improvement plans.

Dr. Quirk is a renowned medical education expert. He has been part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School since 1978, serving most recently as professor and associate chair of family medicine and community health and the assistant dean for academic achievement. He directed the medical school’s Center for Clinical Communication and Performance Outcomes, the Center for Academic Achievement, and the Clinical Faculty Development Center—a 16 school collaborative devoted to teaching and learning medicine. From 2012-14, he served as vice president for medical education outcomes for the American Medical Association.

He has published two books, and more than 70 articles on medical education and behavioral science research. His most recent book, published 2006, is Intuition and Metacognition in Medical Education: Keys to Developing Expertise. Dr. Quirk has delivered keynote addresses and participated in panel presentations on teaching and learning, critical thinking, clinical communication and medical expertise at national and international conferences and several medical school education day events. He has served as principal investigator and director of successful training grants that have been funded for more than $6 million. He is the 2006 recipient of the national Excellence in Education Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the 2009 recipient of the Lamar Soutter Award for Excellence in Medical Education at UMass Medical School.