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Dr. Maryellen Gusic Named Senior Associate Dean of Education at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

News October 05, 2021

Dr. Gusic Maryellen Gusic, MD, has been named Senior Associate Dean of Education at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, effective October 4. Dr. Gusic is a board-certified pediatrician and a nationally renowned educational leader who has served in senior-level administrative positions on the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, and Penn State College of Medicine and as the Chief Medical Education Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  She brings over 20 years of experience and deep knowledge about health professions education, assessment, and program evaluation to the role.

“Dr. Gusic transforms her passion for educational innovation into curricular programs that prepare students to meet the needs of patients and communities, interweaving professionalism and compassion with advanced biomedical science-based knowledge and skills,” states Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS, Interim Dean and George S. Peters, MD and Louise C. Peters Chair and Professor of Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.  “The senior leadership team and I are thrilled to bring her extensive experience and expertise to the Katz School of Medicine.”

Dr. Gusic most recently served as Senior Advisor for Educational Affairs and Director of the Center for Medical Education Research and Scholarly Innovation at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. At UVA, Dr. Gusic was responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives to enhance teaching and learning at the school of medicine.  As the Senior Advisor, she led efforts to create educational interventions to enhance learners’ clinical performance, including the development of a longitudinal clinical performance assessment program based on Entrustable Professional Activities, re-designing the school’s longitudinal objective-structured clinical examination program, and integrating systems of student support to incorporate coaching and structured opportunities for skill enhancement and remediation.

“I am excited to join the Katz School of Medicine family and look forward to learning from, and with, students, faculty, staff and institutional leaders as we partner to achieve the school’s mission for our graduates to be lifelong learners who are engaged in the service to others throughout their careers,” states Dr. Gusic.  

A well-published author and inaugural member of the National Academy of Distinguished Educators in Pediatrics, Dr. Gusic has presented over 200 invited lectures at national and international meetings and as a visiting professor at medical schools nationwide.  Her peer-reviewed educational publications and presentations center on evaluating educational scholarship and promoting the academic advancement of faculty, measuring the impact of professional development programs, and mentoring and competency-based assessment.

A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Gusic completed her residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Gusic succeeds Gerald Sterling, PhD, the Katz School of Medicine’s Senior Associate Dean for Education, who is transitioning to the role of Senior Associate Dean of Accreditation & Continuous Quality Improvement at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, focusing on evaluating the school’s programs for accreditation from governing bodies.