Maren Olson

Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Center for the Art of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Faculty Advisor, Medical School


Maren Olson, MD, MPH, MEd is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and did her residency in pediatrics at Seattle Children's. Her clinical work is as a pediatric hospitalist. Dr. Olson co-directs the Center for the Art of Medicine in the Medical School. She also serves as an Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency and as a Faculty Advisor in the Medical School. Dr. Olson is passionate about mentoring learners, exploring the intersection between art and medicine, and caring for hospitalized kids and their families. Her academic interests include promoting resilience among physicians-in-training and incorporating storytelling and reflective writing into medical education and practice.


MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
MEd, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
MPH, Health Policy and Research Track, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics, Residency
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Licensures and Certifications

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics,
Pediatric Hospital Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics,
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Olson, M. E., Borman-Shoap, E., Mathias, K., Barnes, T., Olson, A., 2018. Case-based simulation empowering pediatric residents to communicate about diagnostic uncertainty. Diagnosis (Berlin, Germany), 5 (4):
Olson, M. E., Borman-Shoap, E., Barnes, T., Olson, A. P., 2017. Simulation-Based Training to Improve Pediatric Residents’ Communication With Patients and Families About Diagnostic Ambiguity (Descriptive Abstract). Academic Pediatrics, 17 (5):
Ruedinger, E., Olson, M. E., Yee, J., Borman-Shoap, E., Olson, A. P., 2016. Education for the Next Frontier in Patient Safety: A Longitudinal Resident Curriculum on Diagnostic Error. American Journal of Medical Quality, 1-7.
doi: PubMed ID: 27903769.
Olson, M. E., Diekema, D., a Elliott, B., Renier, C. M., 2010. Impact of income and income inequality on infant health outcomes in the United States.. Pediatrics, 126 (6): 1165-73.
doi: PubMed ID: 21078730.
Olson, M. E., 2006. Beginnings and endings. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 160 (8):
Olson ME, Walsh MW, Goepferd AK, and Trappey BE. Sharing Stories to Build Resilience: Articulating the Common Threads That Connect Us. Journal of Graduate Medical Education: 2019; 11, 340-341. DOI: 10.4300/JGME-D-18-00896.1 ,
Olson ME, Smith ML, Muhar A*, Paul TK* & Trappey BE. The strength of our stories: a qualitative analysis of a multi- institutional GME storytelling event. Medical Education Online: 2021; 26:1, 1929798, DOI: 10.1080/10872981.2021.1929798 ,
Olson ME. Muscle Memory. Academic Pediatrics. 2021;21:923−924. DOI: ,



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