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Katherine Chretien, M.D., Appointed Treasurer for AAMC Northeast Group on Student Affairs

Katherine ChretienKatherine Chretien, M.D., assistant dean for student affairs, and associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was elected to the executive board of the Northeast Group on Student Affairs (NEGSA), a group under the Association of American of Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Chretien will serve as treasurer, beginning a five-year term in leadership for the organization. The members of the NEGSA executive board cycle through all five leadership positions, sitting in each position for one year. Following her year as treasurer, Chretien will move on to secretary, vice chair, chair, and finally past chair. “I am honored to represent GW in the leadership of the NEGSA,” she said. As an executive officer, Chretien will assist with planning and facilitating meetings and the programs associated with the region. When advanced to the chair position, Chretien will serve on the national executive steering committee for the Group on Student Affairs.

“I really wanted to be part of this region’s leadership team focused on student affairs,” said Chretien, who has been a member of the NEGSA since her appointment as assistant dean for student affairs at SMHS two years ago. “I think that it was my enthusiasm to get involved in the leadership, and my past involvement in other organizations in medical education that contributed to my election.”

In fact, many of the responsibilities of the board run parallel to those Chretien has in her assistant dean role at SMHS. She also brings leadership experience from other professional organizations. Chretien currently serves on the leadership council for the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, where she has also held the position of chair of the research committee, with a goal of helping members advance academically. Chretien wanted to bring a similar goal to the NEGSA executive board, and help the members of the region achieve their career goals.

The NEGSA works to advance medical education and represents the interests of medical schools and their students, focusing on the areas of admissions, student affairs, financial aid, diversity affairs, and student records. The group also facilitates communication between the AAMC and representatives of member institutions.

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