Mark Quick, EdD, is professor of family medine and community health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and has published numerous articles related to behavioral and social science research and medical education. His research has focused on faculty developement, psysician-patient communication, disease prevention, evaluation, cognitive development, and health education. His articles appear in journals such as Family Medicine, Radiology, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Social Science in Medicine, Health Psychology, Academic Medicine, International Journal of Psychology, Enrivonment and Behavior, Preventive Medicine, and Merrill Palmer Quarterly. He initiated the first required course at the University of Massachusetts Medical School on communication skills in 1982. He is the 2006 recipient of the STFM Excellence in Education Award, which recognizes leadership in support of teaching curriculum development and research in medical education.
Dr. Quirk has delivered invited keynote addresses on doctor-patient communication and on teaching to the Group on Educational Affairs, the International Association of Health Psychologists, and the Nordic Network for Education in Medical Communications. He has published a book on teaching and learning in medical education titled How to Learn and Teach in Medical School. He is an executive leader of the Macy Health Care Communication Initiative and the author of an Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Grant to develop caring attitudes among physicians.
The Clinical Faculty Development Center (CFDC) that Dr. Quirk directs has enrolled more than 800 primary care physicians from 15 medical schools in the northeastern United States. In the core program, Teaching of Tomorrow, 15 faculty members at UMMS share their educational expertise during a series of three weekend conferences each year. The CFDC also offers national workshops on medical education.
Numerous medical schools, hospitals, and professional organizations have sought consultation from Dr. Quirk in the areas of faculty development and physician communication. In addition, he has authored or coauthored successful training grants that have been funded for more than $4,000,000 since 1978. At UMMS, he is the assistant dean for academic achievement. In this role, he directs the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA), which focuses on teaching and learning in the preclinical and clinical years. Specific programs of the CAA include clinical skills electives, individual tutorials, and learning workshops for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians.
In his role as associate chair in family medicine and community health, Dr. Quirk assists the department in academic developement efforts. He chairs the Department Personnel Action Committee and is a member of the school's Basic and Clinical Science Academic Evaluation Boards and the Educational Policy Committee.