Maryellen Gusic to lead Academic Pediatric Association

Jan. 16, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University School of Medicine Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs Maryellen E. Gusic, M.D., has been elected president-elect of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Dr. Gusic will serve in that capacity for one year beginning in May, will be president of the national association from May 2015 to May 2016, and will serve as immediate past president from May 2016 to May 2017.  Dr. Gusic serves as a co-director of the organization’s Educational Scholars Program and is the senior editor for education for the organization’s journal, Academic Pediatrics.

The Academic Pediatric Association is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all children and adolescents by promoting research, advancing a scholarly approach to education,
developing innovations in health care delivery, advocating for an equitable child health agenda, and fostering leadership and career development of child health professionals.

A professor of pediatrics, Dr. Gusic is the Dolores and John Read Professor of Medical Education at the IU School of Medicine. A member of the school’s leadership team, Dr. Gusic has oversight of undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education, medical student affairs and admissions, the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, the health professions programs, and the Master of Science program in medical sciences.

Currently, Dr. Gusic is leading the initiative to transform the curriculum for medical students across the nine campuses of the IU School of Medicine. She is the principal investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded project to create a joint M.D./MPH degree and on a project to create a virtual health system curriculum for students funded through the Association of American Medical College’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education project.  

“I am honored to have been elected to the presidency of the Academic Pediatric Association and to have the opportunity to work with an incredible group of colleagues to achieve the vision of the organization and support the work of its members to create a better world for children and families,” Dr. Gusic said.