Dr. Kirk is the ACGME’s first Chief Accreditation Officer. She comes to the ACGME from a 30-year career in internal medicine and geriatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is currently a Toni and Timothy P. Hartman Distinguished Teaching Professor in internal medicine and Associate Program Director for internal medicine. She held several additional roles, including Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Program Director of the primary care track. Dr. Kirk served on the ACGME Board, as a member of the ACGME’s Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Evaluation Committee, and as a member and Chair of the GME Committee for the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association. She is President-Emeritus of the American College of Physicians.
Throughout her career, Dr. Kirk has received many accolades, including election to the Gold Humanism Honor Society of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 2017, and election to Mastership in the American College of Physicians. She has published on topics including medical professionalism, faculty development, clinical guidelines, and medical education.
Dr. Kirk received her undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Nebraska, and her medical degree with distinction from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed her residency in internal medicine at University Hospital in Boston. .