Associate Dean for Curriculum and Medical Education

Kristin Alexis Olson, M.D.

Kristin Alexis Olson, M.D., is the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Medical Education and Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for the UC Davis School of Medicine.

As Associate Dean, Olson oversees all aspects of the medical school curriculum and is currently leading our curriculum redesign effort. As an Associate Professor, Olson creates and delivers course content for PMD 410A-D – General and Systemic Pathology and PMD 493/SUR 493 – Interdisciplinary Study of Gastrointestinal Cancer, and regularly co-teaches with faculty from other departments. She has introduced many innovative elements into the current curriculum.

In addition to her role on many university committees and advisory boards, Olson is a member of several educational committees for the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Association for Pathology Chairs, and the Group for Research in Pathology Education.

She has received numerous awards and honors for her role as an educator, and is a frequent invited lecturer at different conferences and workshops. She also serves on the editorial board for Academic Pathology and engages in peer review for several national journals.

Olson received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Doctor of Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, after having completed anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of New Mexico and a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her scholarly interests include curriculum development, machine learning in medical education, and gastrointestinal and hepatic surgical pathology.