Dr. Christner received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and her medical degree from the University of Toledo. She completed her pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Michigan. Early in her career she was selected to become a National Faculty Development Scholar by the Academic Pediatric Association and completed advanced training in teaching and educational methods. She has since completed two additional training programs in Medical Education as well as a Certification in Research.
Dr. Christner has served in a variety of roles in her 20+ uses as an education leader. Currently, she is the Dean of the School of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. In this role she oversees the continuum of medical education – Medical Students, Residents/Fellows and Continuing Professional Development for physicians. She successfully led their LCME site visit and directed a major curricular reform effort. The GME program is one of the largest in the country with well over 100 ACGME accredited programs and over 70 Texas Medical Board programs.
Her research interests focus on medical education and she has been the recipient of several medical education grants and has published widely. Dr. Christner has held a variety of national education leadership positions with organizations such as the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, the Alliance for Clinical Education and the American Association of Medical Colleges. She is also the recipient of several teaching awards.
Most recently, Dr. Christner founded Christner Strategies. Its primary purposes are to provide medical education consulting, faculty development on topics such as Improving Teamwork and Communication via Improv Techniques, and executive/life coaching for leaders in both academic and nonacademic environments.