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Norman F. Retener

Norman F. Retener M.D.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Medicine
Administrative Title: Medical Director For The Med 7 - I.M.C. Hospitalist Team
Additional Title(s): Medical Director: Medical Intermediate Care Unit; Course Director: Introduction to Clinical Medicine
Location: North Hospital N10W51A
Phone: 410-328-4230
Fax: 443-462-3002

Personal History:

Dr. Retener completed his undergraduate studies at New York University where he majored in Molecular Biology and Political Science. He received his medical degree in 2006 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center/Baltimore VA in 2009, and served as a Chief Resident from 2009 to 2010.

He joined the faculty in 2010 as an academic hospitalist in the Medical Intermediate Care Unit and on the General Medicine teaching service.

In 2011 he took over as the Course Director for Introduction to Clinical Medicine where he teaches first year medical students the medical interview, the health history, history of healthcare and caring for special patient populations. In addition he was named Medical Director of the Medical Intermediate Care Unit in 2016.

Research Interests:

Dr. Retener's current primary research project (in conjunction with Dr. Dittmar) is studying simulation in inter-professional training. They are piloting a "Rapid Response" simulation curriculum that will include medical, pharmacy and nursing students in the hope that such training can help develop effective communication skills in high stress situations, as well as educating the students about proper roles and responsibilities.

Dr. Retener is also involved in an inter-professional study in the University of Maryland School of Nursing. This study will look at using simulation to increase inter-professional faculty collaborations.

Dr. Retener has smaller projects in medical student education, community engagement/service and quality improvement.

Clinical Speciality:

Hospitalist Medicine, Intermediate Care



Retener NF, Aje TO, Benitez M. Cardiology. In: Wolfsthal (ed) National Medical Series - Medicine. 7th ed. (2011)

Retener NF, Delapenha, A. Healthcare in the United States. In: Habicht and Gulati (ed) Hospital Medicine: Perspectives, Practices and Career Advancement (In press)


Frayha N, Bontemp LJ, Retener NF, et al. Core Entrustable Professional Activities. Medical Science Education (In Press)