Linda Headrick, MD, MS, FACP

Linda Headrick
Linda A. Headrick is the Helen Mae Spiese Distinguished Faculty Scholar, senior associate dean for Education, and professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. She leads a dean's office team that supports all aspects of medical education, from pre‐admissions through continuing medical education. In that role, she has enhanced the medical school's internationally recognized curriculum by emphasizing quality improvement and teamwork. Her academic work focuses on quality improvement in health care and health professional education, with an emphasis on preparing new health professionals to improve care as part of their daily practice. In 2009‐10, Headrick was the national faculty lead for “Retooling for Quality and Safety,” an Institute for Healthcare Improvement initiative supported by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. “Retooling for Quality and Safety” engaged six competitively selected School of Medicine and School of Nursing partners in implementing innovative methods to integrate health care improvement and patient safety content into required curricula; a paper summarizing the results was published in Health Affairs in December 2012. Headrick is the chair of the Association of American Medical College’s Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) initiative, with the goal of ensuring education in quality and patient safety (including interprofessional education) for the next generation of physicians. Headrick earned her AB in Chemistry at the University of Missouri – Columbia, her MD at Stanford University, and her MS in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University.