Different title, same commitment
Kathy Watson, M.D.
Longtime student advocate Kathy Watson, M.D., has stepped down as the Medical School’s senior associate dean for undergraduate students after 11 years in the position.
Watson, who arrived at the Medical School in 1974 as a medical student, returned to teaching and resumed her clinical practice in internal medicine this fall, following a two-month leave that allowed her to spend time enjoying some of her favorite activities: gardening, birdwatching, and playing with her granddaughter.
In her associate dean’s role, Watson advocated for students and was a compassionate leader for change. She was instrumental in launching the faculty adviser program, which pairs each medical student with a faculty physician who helps guide the student’s path to residency.
Says Watson, “It’s the best job I ever had, and our team right now is the best it’s ever been. It’s been a joy to work with so many talented future physicians. I just think now is the right time for someone with fresh perspectives to come aboard.”