Staff Biographies

Staff Biographies

David Musick, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Musick completed his Master of Sociology degree from East Tennessee State University and his Doctorate in Educational Evaluation & Policy Studies from the University of Kentucky. He also completed a post-graduate certificate in Bioethics from the University of Washington. He began working in medical education in 1992, and held a variety of academic and leadership positions at three medical schools prior to joining the VTC School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic in July 2013. He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles on various aspects of medical and health professions education.

Dr. Musick’s teaching experiences with health professions learners have focused on the general areas of bioethics, health systems, social and behavioral aspects of medicine and spirituality and medicine. He has been the principal investigator on several education-related grants, and has also done major fund development work. His research interests include faculty and curriculum development, educational assessment, medical professionalism, and the interface between education and patient outcomes.


Shari Whicker, Ed.D., ME.d., Associate Director

Dr. Whicker completed both her Master of Education Degree in Training & Development and her Doctorate of Education in Adult Learning at North Carolina State University. She has been working in medical education since 1999 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where she stayed until she left her position as Training & Development Manager for Wake Forest University Physicians in 2004. In 2004, she moved to Duke University Medical Center where she worked in the Department of Pediatrics for 10 years. She moved from her position as Duke Pediatric’s Director of Education Development in 2014 to join the Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD) at Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine where she is currently Assistant Professor, Associate Director of OCPD, and Director of TEACH (Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare).


Mariah Rudd, B.S., Education & Faculty Development Manager

Mariah will support the Office in the planning, implementation, and assessment of faculty development curricula, advance the QI efforts across VTCSOM and Carilion Clinic, and foster the continued growth of teaching research and scholarship. She also will help to manage the growing endeavors of the Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare (TEACH).


Mariah entered the world of medical education fresh after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University. Her journey began with a position as Innovation Project Manager in the Duke University Health System Office of Graduate Medical Education. In this role she worked to support the successful development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative educational research projects aimed at enhancing resident training and the quality of GME programs. Additionally, she played an integral role in the promotion of education research and scholarship. During her time at Duke she also completed the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) Certificate of Medical Education Research (MERC) to further her medical education skill set.



Christie Wills, Manager of Physician Leadership Development & Professional Wellbeing

Christie provides guidance for the development and implementation of programs that support leadership and wellbeing initiatives. She has over twenty years’ experience in organizational development, strategic planning and stakeholder communication. She has a Masters in Public Administration and additional certifications in public facilitation and Appreciative Inquiry. Her efforts are targeted primarily in the realm of faculty and physician leadership and professional wellbeing.



Sandra DeHart, Curriculum and Media Project Specialist

Sandra joined Continuing Professional Development in January of 2012 in the role as Professional Education Coordinator.  Sandra has served in several roles in the organization in her 21 years of service from Revenue Cycle Management to the Executive Office. Often referred to as the "historian" for the department she brings a perspective of the growth and changes of the organization that have evolved throughout the years and how that has influenced the department of Continuing Professional Development today.  Sandra organizes and prepares for faculty development sessions that showcase internal to national speakers. The sessions also require preparation to receive Continuing Medical Education accreditation which is necessary for physician/faculty to reach their  annual educational requirements.  She films and produces the sessions into videos which are posted to this website for those that can't always make it to the session.   Serving on committees dedicated to advancing teaching and learning environments here at Carilion Clinic and at VTCSOM has kept her up to date on best practices, advancements, and most importantly the needs of the organization.  She also develops and manages several websites and marketing materials that highlight faculty development activities.  Her educational history is centered on Communication and Web Page Design which matches the position perfectly.