(Philadelphia, 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 Medicine. In
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 and Rehabilitation.

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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Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $7.8 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $405 million awarded in the 2017 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report — Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital – the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, a leading provider of highly skilled and compassionate behavioral healthcare.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2017, Penn Medicine provided $500 million to benefit our community.

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