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Mark E Quirk EdD

InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
Address19 Lincoln Street
Plymouth MA 02360
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

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    Bates College, Lewiston, ME, United StatesBAArts
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, United StatesM EDEducation
    Clark University, Worcester, MA, United StatesMA
    Clark University, Worcester, MA, United StatesED DEducation

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    Mark Quirk, EdD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, focuses his current research on doctor-patient communication and teaching and learning in medicine. His special interests lie in the areas of primary care community-based education and faculty development. He has served on numerous national taskforces focusing on the development of a national Family Medicine Curriculum and estabishing guidelines for the Future of Faculty Development. He has consulted with several medical schools, societies and organizations on faculty development and medical education. He is the 2006 recipient of the Excellence in Education Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Investigations in the areas of teaching and learning in medical school, learning styles among medical students and residents, student evaluation, faculty development, physician communication skills and patient education are among his accomplishments. Dr. Quirk has been involved in numerous clinically related research projects in the areas of HIV/AIDS, physician's caring attitude, MRI and anxiety, smoking cessation, and lifestyle change. His most recent book is entitled, "Intuition and Metacognition in Medical Education: Keys to Developing Expertise."

    Current Positions

    Associate Chairman, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    Director, Clinical Faculty Development Center
    Director, Center for Clinical Communication and Performance Outcomes
    Assistant Dean for Student Academic Achievement


    1976-1982 Ed.D. Clark University, Worcester, MA
    1974-1975 M.Ed. Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
    1970-1974 B.A.Bates College, Lewiston, ME


    FMCH Residency Task Force
    American Public Health Association
    Society of Behavioral Medicine
    American Psychological Association
    North American Primary Care Research Group
    Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

    Scholarly Activity

    Faculty Development in Family Medicine (HRSA)
    Arthur Vining Davis Grant - Physicians' Caring Attitudes

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    1. Hale JF, Terrien JM, Quirk M, Sullivan K, Cahan M. The impact of deliberate reflection with WISE-MD? modules on surgical clerkship students' critical thinking: a prospective, randomized controlled pilot study. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2018; 9:757-766. PMID: 30349417.
    2. Carney PA, Mejicano GC, Bumsted T, Quirk M. Assessing learning in the adaptive curriculum. Med Teach. 2018 08; 40(8):813-819. PMID: 30106597.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Quirk M. The tipping point. Med Teach. 2018 08; 40(8):781-782. PMID: 30041564.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Brown A, Ajufo E, Cone C, Quirk M. LectureKeepr: A novel approach to studying in the adaptive curriculum. Med Teach. 2018 08; 40(8):834-837. PMID: 30033790.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Quirk M, Chumley H. The adaptive medical curriculum: A model for continuous improvement. Med Teach. 2018 08; 40(8):786-790. PMID: 30033792.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Tackett S, Wright SM, Quirk M. Adaptive medical education research. Med Teach. 2018 08; 40(8):783-785. PMID: 30005580.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Skochelak SE, Stansfield RB, Dunham L, Dekhtyar M, Gruppen LD, Christianson C, Filstead W, Quirk M. Medical Student Perceptions of the Learning Environment at the End of the First Year: A 28-Medical School Collaborative. Acad Med. 2016 09; 91(9):1257-62. PMID: 26959222.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Stansfield RB, Schwartz A, O'Brien CL, Dekhtyar M, Dunham L, Quirk M. Development of a metacognitive effort construct of empathy during clinical training: a longitudinal study of the factor structure of the Jefferson Scale of Empathy. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2016 Mar; 21(1):5-17. PMID: 25828541.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Sullivan MF, Ferguson W, Haley HL, Philbin M, Kedian T, Sullivan K, Quirk M. Expert communication training for providers in community health centers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Nov; 22(4):1358-68. PMID: 22080715.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Cahan MA, Starr S, Larkin AC, Litwin DE, Sullivan KM, Quirk ME. Transforming the culture of surgical education: promoting teacher identity through human factors training. Arch Surg. 2011 Jul; 146(7):830-4. PMID: 21768430.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Domino FJ, Chopra S, Seligman M, Sullivan K, Quirk ME. The impact on medical practice of commitments to change following CME lectures: a randomized controlled trial. Med Teach. 2011; 33(9):e495-500. PMID: 21854144.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Nothnagle M, Goldman R, Quirk M, Reis S. Promoting self-directed learning skills in residency: a case study in program development. Acad Med. 2010 Dec; 85(12):1874-9. PMID: 20978433.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Cahan MA, Larkin AC, Starr S, Wellman S, Haley HL, Sullivan K, Shah S, Hirsh M, Litwin D, Quirk M. A human factors curriculum for surgical clerkship students. Arch Surg. 2010 Dec; 145(12):1151-7. PMID: 21173288.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Larkin AC, Cahan MA, Whalen G, Hatem D, Starr S, Haley HL, Litwin D, Sullivan K, Quirk M. Human Emotion and Response in Surgery (HEARS): a simulation-based curriculum for communication skills, systems-based practice, and professionalism in surgical residency training. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Aug; 211(2):285-92. PMID: 20670869.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Bond W, Kuhn G, Binstadt E, Quirk M, Wu T, Tews M, Dev P, Ericsson KA. The use of simulation in the development of individual cognitive expertise in emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2008 Nov; 15(11):1037-45. PMID: 18785938.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Quirk M, Mazor K, Haley HL, Philbin M, Fischer M, Sullivan K, Hatem D. How patients perceive a doctor's caring attitude. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Sep; 72(3):359-66. PMID: 18684582.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Hatem D, Mazor K, Fischer M, Philbin M, Quirk M. Applying patient perspectives on caring to curriculum development. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Sep; 72(3):367-73. PMID: 18639411.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Sheets KJ, Quirk ME, Davis AK. The Family Medicine Curriculum Resource Project: implications for faculty development. Fam Med. 2007 Jan; 39(1):50-2. PMID: 17186448.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Mazor KM, Haley HL, Sullivan K, Quirk ME. The video-based test of communication skills: description, development, and preliminary findings. Teach Learn Med. 2007; 19(2):162-7. PMID: 17564544.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Starr S, Haley HL, Mazor KM, Ferguson W, Philbin M, Quirk M. Initial testing of an instrument to measure teacher identity in physicians. Teach Learn Med. 2006; 18(2):117-25. PMID: 16626269.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Mazor KM, Fischer MA, Haley HL, Hatem D, Rogers HJ, Quirk ME. Factors influencing preceptors' responses to medical errors: a factorial survey. Acad Med. 2005 Oct; 80(10 Suppl):S88-92. PMID: 16199467.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Mazor KM, Fischer MA, Haley HL, Hatem D, Quirk ME. Teaching and medical errors: primary care preceptors' views. Med Educ. 2005 Oct; 39(10):982-90. PMID: 16178824.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Quirk ME, Haley HL, Hatem D, Starr S, Philbin M. Primary care renewal: regional faculty development and organizational change. Fam Med. 2005 Mar; 37(3):211-8. PMID: 15739138.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Quirk M, Mazor K, Haley HL, Wellman S, Keller D, Hatem D, Keller LA. Reliability and validity of checklists and global ratings by standardized students, trained raters, and faculty raters in an objective structured teaching environment. Teach Learn Med. 2005; 17(3):202-9. PMID: 16042515.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Mazor KM, Ockene JK, Rogers HJ, Carlin MM, Quirk ME. The relationship between checklist scores on a communication OSCE and analogue patients' perceptions of communication. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2005; 10(1):37-51. PMID: 15912283.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Ferguson WJ, Keller DM, Haley HL, Quirk M. Developing culturally competent community faculty: a model program. Acad Med. 2003 Dec; 78(12):1221-8. PMID: 14660421.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Starr S, Ferguson WJ, Haley HL, Quirk M. Community preceptors' views of their identities as teachers. Acad Med. 2003 Aug; 78(8):820-5. PMID: 12915377.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Stone S, Mazor K, Devaney-O'Neil S, Starr S, Ferguson W, Wellman S, Jacobson E, Hatem DS, Quirk M. Development and implementation of an objective structured teaching exercise (OSTE) to evaluate improvement in feedback skills following a faculty development workshop. Teach Learn Med. 2003; 15(1):7-13. PMID: 12632702.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Zapka JG, Luckmann R, Sulsky SI, Goins KV, Bigelow C, Mazor K, Quirk M. Cancer control knowledge, attitudes, and perceived skills among medical students. J Cancer Educ. 2000; 15(2):73-8. PMID: 10879894.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Costanza ME, Luckmann R, Quirk ME, Clemow L, White MJ, Stoddard AM. The effectiveness of using standardized patients to improve community physician skills in mammography counseling and clinical breast exam. Prev Med. 1999 Oct; 29(4):241-8. PMID: 10547049.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    31. Pbert L, Adams A, Quirk M, Hebert JR, Ockene JK, Luippold RS. The patient exit interview as an assessment of physician-delivered smoking intervention: a validation study. Health Psychol. 1999 Mar; 18(2):183-8. PMID: 10194054.
      Citations: 54     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Stone SL, Schwartz DG, Quirk M, Sarkin R, Qualters D. Faculty development for community-based physicians at the University of Massachusetts and SUNY-Buffalo. Acad Med. 1999 Jan; 74(1 Suppl):S75-81. PMID: 9934314.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Pugnaire MP, Leong SL, Quirk ME, Mazor K, Gray JM. The standardized family: an innovation in primary care education at the University of Massachusetts. Acad Med. 1999 Jan; 74(1 Suppl):S90-7. PMID: 9934316.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Quirk ME, DeWitt T, Lasser D, Huppert M, Hunniwell E. Evaluation of primary care futures: a faculty development program for community health center preceptors. Acad Med. 1998 Jun; 73(6):705-7. PMID: 9653411.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Skeff KM, Stratos GA, Mygdal W, DeWitt TA, Manfred L, Quirk M, Roberts K, Greenberg L, Bland CJ. Faculty development. A resource for clinical teachers. J Gen Intern Med. 1997 Apr; 12 Suppl 2:S56-63. PMID: 9127245.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Skeff KM, Stratos GA, Mygdal WK, DeWitt TG, Manfred LM, Quirk ME, Roberts KB, Greenberg LW. Clinical teaching improvement: past and future for faculty development. Fam Med. 1997 Apr; 29(4):252-7. PMID: 9110161.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Ockene JK, Ockene IS, Quirk ME, Hebert JR, Saperia GM, Luippold RS, Merriam PA, Ellis S. Physician training for patient-centered nutrition counseling in a lipid intervention trial. Prev Med. 1995 Nov; 24(6):563-70. PMID: 8610079.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    38. Ockene JK, Adams A, Pbert L, Luippold R, Hebert JR, Quirk M, Kalan K. The Physician-Delivered Smoking Intervention Project: factors that determine how much the physician intervenes with smokers. J Gen Intern Med. 1994 Jul; 9(7):379-84. PMID: 7931747.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    39. Baldor RA, Quirk ME, Dohan D. Magnetic resonance imaging use by primary care physicians. J Fam Pract. 1993 Mar; 36(3):281-5. PMID: 8454974.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Quirk ME, Godkin MA, Schwenzfeier E. Evaluation of two AIDS prevention interventions for inner-city adolescent and young adult women. Am J Prev Med. 1993 Jan-Feb; 9(1):21-6. PMID: 8439433.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Godkin M, Quirk M. Why students chose family medicine: state schools graduating the most family physicians. Fam Med. 1991 Sep-Oct; 23(7):521-6. PMID: 1936733.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Quirk M, Ockene J, Kristeller J, Goldberg R, Donnelly G, Amick T, Kalan K. Training family practice and internal medicine residents to counsel patients who smoke: improvement and retention of counseling skills. Fam Med. 1991 Feb; 23(2):108-11. PMID: 2037209.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    43. Ockene JK, Kristeller J, Goldberg R, Amick TL, Pekow PS, Hosmer D, Quirk M, Kalan K. Increasing the efficacy of physician-delivered smoking interventions: a randomized clinical trial. J Gen Intern Med. 1991 Jan-Feb; 6(1):1-8. PMID: 1999742.
      Citations: 44     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    44. Borkan JM, Quirk M, Sullivan M. Finding meaning after the fall: injury narratives from elderly hip fracture patients. Soc Sci Med. 1991; 33(8):947-57. PMID: 1745919.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    45. Quirk ME, Letendre AJ, Ciottone RA, Lingley JF. Evaluation of three psychologic interventions to reduce anxiety during MR imaging. Radiology. 1989 Dec; 173(3):759-62. PMID: 2682775.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    46. Quirk ME, Letendre AJ, Ciottone RA, Lingley JF. Anxiety in patients undergoing MR imaging. Radiology. 1989 Feb; 170(2):463-6. PMID: 2911670.
      Citations: 41     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. Ockene JK, Quirk ME, Goldberg RJ, Kristeller JL, Donnelly G, Kalan KL, Gould B, Greene HL, Harrison-Atlas R, Pease J, et al. A residents' training program for the development of smoking intervention skills. Arch Intern Med. 1988 May; 148(5):1039-45. PMID: 3365074.
      Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    48. Quirk M, Hall L. Surgeon and family physician opinions of the general surgical needs of family practice residents: a pilot study. Fam Pract Res J. 1988; 7(4):219-26. PMID: 3252697.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    49. Quirk M, Ciottone R, Letendre D, Wapner S. Critical person-in-environment transitions in medical education. Med Teach. 1987; 9(4):415-23. PMID: 3505323.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    50. Simek-Downing L, Quirk ME, Letendre AJ. Simulated versus actual patients in teaching medical interviewing. Fam Med. 1986 Nov-Dec; 18(6):358-60. PMID: 3556894.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    51. Quirk M, Letendre A. Teaching communication skills to first-year medical students. J Med Educ. 1986 Jul; 61(7):603-5. PMID: 3723575.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. Simek-Downing L, Quirk M. Videotape analyses of medical students' interviewing skills. Fam Med. 1985 Mar-Apr; 17(2):57-60. PMID: 3870767.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    53. Quirk M, Style A, Lasser D. Family practice and internal medicine residents' values related to future medical practices. J Med Educ. 1985 Feb; 60(2):138-40. PMID: 3968695.
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    54. Bibace R, Catlin RJ, Quirk ME, Beattie KA, Slabaugh RC. Teaching styles in the faculty-resident relationship. J Fam Pract. 1981 Nov; 13(6):895-900. PMID: 7310344.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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