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Katherine Chretien Elected to Leadership of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine

Congratulations to Katherine Chretien, MD, assistant dean for student affairs and associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), on being elected as president-elect for the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM). She will begin her term as president-elect July 1 and will serve as president the following year.

“It’s an honor to be elected by my colleagues in CDIM,” Chretien said. “This is a professional dream come true for me.”

CDIM has been Chretien’s professional home for more than 12 years. She currently serves on the leadership council and has held several leadership roles, including as vice-chair and chair of the research committee and grant review chair for their small grants program.

Prior to starting as assistant dean for student affairs at SMHS, Chretien served as the GW medicine clerkship site director at the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 10 years.

“CDIM is such a valuable resource for internal medicine educators,” she said. “I look forward to working with the various stakeholders to promote internal medicine education and supporting members’ work and their professional development.”

CDIM is an organization responsible for teaching internal medicine to medical students. The association represents third-year clerkship directors, Introduction to Clinical Medicine course directors, subinternship directors, clerkship administrators and coordinators, clinical preceptors, and other faculty/staff involved in undergraduate medical education. Over 90 percent of U.S. LCME-accredited allopathic medical schools have membership in CDIM.

The announcement was released by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, the parent organization of CDIM and several other academic internal medicine groups.