Katherine Chang Chretien, M.D.

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  • Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs
  • Professor of Medicine

Background

Katherine Chang Chretien is Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs and Director of Medical Student Wellness. She is a general internal medicine physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins in these roles in 2021, Katherine was Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences where she served as a career advisory dean, oversaw the Office for Financial Aid and the Scholarly Concentration Program, and co-chaired the Dean's Wellness Committee. Katherine worked clinically as a hospitalist physician at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 18 years and was medicine clerkship site director for George Washington (10 years) and the first division chief for Hospital Medicine (2010-2016).

She served as President of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) from 2019-2020, and is on the Northeast Group of Student Affairs AAMC Steering Committee (Executive Committee 2017-2022; NEGSA Chair 2020-2021; Northeast Representative to the national Committee on Student Affairs 2022-  ). She is the recipient of the Charles H. Griffith III Educational Research Award from CDIM and the Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Students Association. 

Katherine graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Osler Medical Residency. Her academic focus has been on social media in medicine, medical education, narrative medicine, and well-being. She is the editor of the book Mothers in Medicine: Career, Practice, and Life Lessons Learned (Springer, 2018) based on the group blog she founded in 2008 and author of the book I Wish I Read This Book Before Medical School (Peterson's, 2021). Katherine became a certified Life Coach in July 2023.

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Titles

  • Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs
  • Director of Medical Student Wellness
  • Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2000)

Residencies

  • Internal Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2003)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2003)

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Charles H. Griffith III Educational Research Award, Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, 2012
  • Women Leaders in Medicine Award, American Medical Student Association, 2013
  • Mid-Career Physician Award, Maryland Chapter American College of Physicians

Memberships

  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, 2005
  • AAMC Group on Student Affairs, 2015

Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, 2018 - 2022
  • Executive Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, 2021 - 2022
  • President, Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, 2019 - 2020
  • Northeast Group on Student Affairs Steering Committee, AAMC Group on Student Affairs, 2017
  • Chair, Northeast Group on Student Affairs, AAMC Group on Student Affairs, 2020 - 2021
  • Northeast Representative to Committee on Student Affairs, AAMC Group on Student Affairs, 2021
  • Chair, Medical Student Civic Advocacy Workgroup, AAMC Group on Student Affairs, 2020 - 2023
  • Co-Chapter Advisor, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Hopkins chapter, 2023
  • Co-Chair, Alpha Omega Alpha Nominations Workgroup, Hopkins Chapter, 2022
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