Kristen H. Goodell, MD Hear my name
Associate Dean
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
BA, Colby College

Dr. Goodell is currently Associate Dean for Admissions and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine, and she is an Academy Medical Educator at BUSM, coaching, advising, and teaching clinical skills to all four years of medical students.
Dr. Goodell received her bachelor’s degree from Colby College and her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed a residency in family medicine from the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Program and the Tufts Master Teacher Fellowship from Tufts University School of Medicine. She was a family physician at Winchester Physician Associates and school physician for the city of Medford MA 2007-2017.
Dr. Goodell is interested in leadership development and in growing a diverse and effective physician workforce, and has served in multiple national leadership positions including Co-Chair of the Leadership Development Task Force of the Council on Academic Family Medicine, Treasurer of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and Chair of the national Council on Graduate Medical Education. She is currently a member of the AAMC MCAT Validation Committee.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Dr. Goodell's career has focused on connecting with people, identifying their strengths and areas of greatest need, and helping them make progress towards their individualized goals.

Clincally, this has meant practicing family medicine in low-SES settings since residency, including (at BUMC) patients experiencing homelessness, patients with substance use disorders, recent immigrants, patients for whom English is not their primary language, etc. The key lesson is to meet patients where they are, help identify their health goals, and then work with them over time to reach them.

In my scholarly work, I first developed an explicit focus on diversity and inclusion through mentoring. I was nominated to co-chair the Leadership Task Force of the Council on Academic Family Medicine, the charge of which was to determine how to elevate more women and people from underrepresented backgrounds to leadership roles within academic family medicine. This work resulted in a publication (Coe et. al) which was appropriately co-first authored by two trainees from our target groups. More recently, I have been conducting resaerch on the role of bias in medical school admissions and on the use of specific metrics in the medical school admissions process and how these can be leveraged to improve diversity of the physician workforce. One of these publications (Terragino et. al., from the MCAT Validity Committee) has an altmetric score of 72, which is better than 95% of published scholarly works.

As the Associate Dean of Admissions, I have made significant changes to our admissions practices in order to more effectively recruit applicants from underrepresented backgrounds. Many of these changes were made with the help and guidance of our BUSM Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, and with the new Anti-Racist Admissions Working Group, a student committee created in 2020. These changes include
-implicit bias training for committee members
-the use of scoring rubrics and more structured interviews
-a new question, essentially a "diversity statement" added to our "secondary" application
-adding a new situational judgement test to our admissions requirements which does not show the majority-minority discrepancy seen in other numeric admissions metrics
-liberalizing requirements for specific courses and letters of recommendation to allow for a greater variety of trajectories into medicine
-supporting our existing Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP) pathway for students from historically minority-serving institutions
-creating a new URM-focused BA-MD program (currently in development)

One of the areas of greatest inequity as people apply to medical school is access to the profession. Students who are poorer, whose parents did not attain college or graduate degrees, and BIPOC students struggle to find doctors to shadow, labs to work in, mentors to guide them, and advice they can believe in. In contrast, I receive dozens of emails from colleagues and friends asking for help for a young person they know who is interested in medical school - asking for a personal favor or professional courtesy. My small way of addressing this discrepancy is to offer my email to and encourage communication with students who haven't had someone to ask for favors so far. This is part of my enhanced outreach to target groups:
-attending conferences and professional school events to introduce BUSM to URM students (for example SNMA, the NIH summer professional school fair, the AAMC minority student fair)
-speaking to URM-in-medicine student groups across the nation as a guest speaker (for example at Syracuse U., UC Davis, Tougaloo, UMass Dartmouth)
-cultivating relationships with local URM-facing organizations to provide mentorship and access for students interested in medicine

Looking forward, my plan is to continue my scholarship and advocacy in this area, tracking not only our metrics but also by working to understand our students' experiences so that we can improve upon them and ultimately increase the diversity of the physician workforce.

Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Family Medicine

Attending Physician
Boston Medical Center
Family Medicine

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  1. Goodell K, Erlich D. Viloxazine (Qelbree) for ADHD. Am Fam Physician. 2023 Mar; 107(3):309-310. PMID: 36920832
  2. Chatterjee A, Dunleavy S, Gonzalez T, Benson J, Henault L, MacIntosh A, Goodell K, Witzburg R, Paasche-Orlow M. Health professions school applicant experiences of discrimination during interviews. Med Teach. 2023 May; 45(5):532-541.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36369780
  3. Duong DB, Nguyen TA, Goodell K, Osman NY, Nguyen TM, Pham VT, Vu LT, Vu HT, Cosimi LA, Pollack T, Gottlieb B. Undergraduate Medical Education Reform in Viet Nam for a Primary Health Care Workforce. Ann Glob Health. 2022; 88(1):100. PMID: 36415327; PMCID: PMC9650974; DOI: 10.5334/aogh.3755;
  4. Terregino CA, Saguil A, Price-Johnson T, Anachebe NF, Goodell K. The Diversity and Success of Medical School Applicants With Scores in the Middle Third of the MCAT Score Scale. Acad Med. 2020 03; 95(3):344-350. PMID: 31425186
  5. Coe C, Piggott C, Davis A, Hall MN, Goodell K, Joo P, South-Paul JE. Leadership Pathways in Academic Family Medicine: Focus on Underrepresented Minorities and Women. Fam Med. 2020 02; 52(2):104-111. PMID: 31940426
  6. Chatterjee A, Greif C, Witzburg R, Henault L, Goodell K, Paasche-Orlow MK. US Medical School Applicant Experiences of Bias on the Interview Trail. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020; 31(1):185-200.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32037326
  7. Nagler A, Ovitsh R, Dumenco L, Whicker S, Engle DL, Goodell K. Communities of Practice in Peer Review: Outlining a Group Review Process. Acad Med. 2019 10; 94(10):1437-1442. PMID: 31135399
  8. Goodell KH, Ticku S, Fazio SB, Riedy CA. Entrustable Professional Activities in Oral Health for Primary Care Providers Based on a Scoping Review. J Dent Educ. 2019 Dec; 83(12):1370-1381. PMID: 31501254
  9. Dwiel K, Hesketh MA, Alpert JL, Cellini J, Goodell K, Phillips RS, Sullivan EE. The Impact of Oral Health Training for Primary Care Clinicians: A Systematic Review. Fam Med. 2019 03; 51(3):251-261. PMID: 30861080
  10. Erlich DR, Cohen-Osher MB, Goodell KH. 'We rise by lifting others': peer support and professional development for women in academic medicine. Educ Prim Care. 2017 09; 28(5):291-294.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28234552; DOI: 10.1080/14739879.2017.1293476;
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2015 American Academy of Family Physicians: Fellow
2011 Family Medicine Education Consortium: Emerging Leader Award
2002 Tufts-New England Medical Center: Excellence in Clinical Teaching
1998-2001 Joseph Collins Foundation: Joseph Collins Scholarship
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