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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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Academic Article The standardized family: an innovation in primary care education at the University of Massachusetts.
Academic Article Clinical teaching improvement: past and future for faculty development.
Academic Article The Family Medicine Curriculum Resource Project: implications for faculty development.
Academic Article The use of simulation in the development of individual cognitive expertise in emergency medicine.
Academic Article Human Emotion and Response in Surgery (HEARS): a simulation-based curriculum for communication skills, systems-based practice, and professionalism in surgical residency training.
Academic Article Transforming the culture of surgical education: promoting teacher identity through human factors training.
Academic Article Expert communication training for providers in community health centers.
Academic Article Surgeon and family physician opinions of the general surgical needs of family practice residents: a pilot study.
Academic Article Developing culturally competent community faculty: a model program.
Academic Article Applying patient perspectives on caring to curriculum development.
Academic Article Promoting self-directed learning skills in residency: a case study in program development.
Academic Article A human factors curriculum for surgical clerkship students.
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Academic Article Medical Student Perceptions of the Learning Environment at the End of the First Year: A 28-Medical School Collaborative.
Academic Article Assessing learning in the adaptive curriculum.
Academic Article LectureKeepr: A novel approach to studying in the adaptive curriculum.
Academic Article The adaptive medical curriculum: A model for continuous improvement.
Academic Article The tipping point.
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