Director of Graduate Medical
David W. Musick has been appointed Director of Graduate Medical
Education (GME) for Penn Medicine by Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, EVP
of UPHS and Dean of the School of Medicine.
his new position, Dr. Musick will work to improve the operations
of Penn Medicines 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 Systems four hospitals
functions at the highest possible level.
In the past, accreditation agenciessuch as the Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Educationfocused on the process
used in training medical residents," explains Dr. Musick,
"but now they are equally interested in the educational outcomes
of the program. Its 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."
to Dr. 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, "and
I am confident he will ensure that Penns program meets or
exceeds GME Council parameters while continuing to develop the
next generation of physician leaders."
addition to directing the graduate medical education program,
Dr. Musick will serve as Vice-Chair for Education and Development
in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In that capacity,
he will be responsible for enhancing the departments residency
program, increasing the departments 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 the Center
1978, Dr. Musick earned his B.S. in human relations at Milligan
College in Tennessee. In 1985 he earned an M.A. in sociology from
East Tennessee State University, and in 1995, Dr. Musick earned
his Ph.D. 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 and Rehabilitation.
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 Electro-diagnostic Medicine. He has also served
on the Committee on Educational Evaluation for the National Institute
for Healthcare Research.
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
Musicks research interests include medical education testing
and evaluation systems, medical and philosophical ethics, spirituality
in medicine, clinical outcomes in rehabilitation, and academic