Katherine Koh

My three years at MGH/McLean have been among the most formative of my life. I feel I have grown and matured as a physician and individual, while being inspired and supported by the faculty and peers around me. PGY-3 year allowed me to sharpen my skills as an outpatient clinician, advocate for patients with mental illness as a consultant, provide mental health care to inmates in a jail, and think about the big picture issues facing the field of psychiatry. Now as a PGY-4, I am fortunate to be spending my year engaged in an array of meaningful endeavors including serving as the MGH Administrative Chief Resident and the Community Psychiatry Chief Resident, working in a human trafficking clinic, pursuing research related to homelessness through a SAMHSA fellowship, and providing care in my MGH outpatient clinic. It promises to be a fascinating final year of residency in which I am eager to deepen my knowledge of caring for underserved populations while strengthening my skills in teaching, leadership, research, and advocacy.

MGH/McLean allows me to dream big and keep my aspirations to tackle issues related to poverty and social inequities alive while working on the front lines of patient care. My clinical work has been enriched by the fantastic extracurricular groups the residency offers, including the Clinician Educator Program, the Program in Psychodynamics, the Residency Advocacy Committee, and even the MGH/McLean sports teams! Through these rich and varied experiences, MGH/McLean has not only provided me outstanding clinical training, but it has also deepened my self-understanding and allowed me to experience the joy that comes from connected relationships. I have felt a strong sense of community with the mission-driven thinkers, rigorous clinicians, and compassionate colleagues who I have met at MGH/McLean.

I was raised in Andover, MA by wonderful parents and two older brothers. Growing up, I loved playing sports such as soccer, basketball, and softball, which remain among my favorite pastimes to this day! I attended college at Harvard University, where I studied psychology as my undergraduate major. I was fortunate to then spend a year at the University of Oxford, where I traveled, met people from around the world, and received a Master of Science degree in Social Policy. At Harvard Medical School, I became captivated by psychiatry. I could not imagine a field that is more meaningful, fascinating, heartwrenching, and hopeful than that of psychiatry. I am profoundly grateful for the professional and personal education I have been given at MGH/McLean and am eager to launch a career with the extraordinary foundation it has instilled.


Harvard Medical School, M.D., 2014

University of Oxford, M.Sc., 2010

Harvard University, B.A., 2009