Program Directors

Ted Sectish

Dr. Ted Sectish is Professor of Pediatrics, Vice‐Chair for Education and Program Director of the pediatric residency training program at Boston Children’s Hospital. He came to Children’s and the BCRP from Stanford University School of Medicine, where he directed the pediatric residency program for 14 years. Dr. Sectish, is a distinguished educator in pediatrics and the winner of many teaching awards. He obtained his MD degree from Johns Hopkins and was an intern and resident in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital from 1977 to 1980. He spent 13 years as a general pediatrician in Salinas, California before becoming the program director at Stanford. Dr. Sectish has written extensively about residency education, including an article on making pediatric residency programs family friendly, an area of special interest to him (J Pediatr 149: 1-2, 2006). His interest in educational innovation and improvement spans the continuum from undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education and the professional development of practicing physicians. His recent focus is as one of the leaders of the I-PASS Study, a multi-site collaborative research project to standardize the handoff process to reduce medical errors and improve the workflow of residents (JAMA. 2013;310:2262-70, N Engl J Med 2014; 371: 1803-1812). He was the Executive Director of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO) from 2007-2014. FOPO serves the pediatric community with its Task Forces on Women in Pediatrics and Diversity and Inclusion and its Strategic Initiatives. It hosted a Visioning Summit in 2013 on the Future of the Workforce in Pediatrics. As the Past-President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, Dr. Sectish has been involved in national issues related to graduate medical education, including the formation of the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties, which serves as a home for pediatric sub-specialists and fellowship directors. He is a member of the American Pediatric Society.  He is an Executive Council and founder of the I-PASS Institute, which aims to improve patient safety and standardize communication in medicine.

Kate Michelson

Dr. Catherine Michelson is Program Director for the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center. She attended college at the University of Notre Dame and obtained her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She was a pediatric resident in the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) from 2010-2013 and served as chief resident from 2013-2014 before joining the faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine as a hospitalist and Associate Program Director. She served as Co-Program Director from 2015-2016 and has served as Program Director since July 2016. Dr. Michelson earned a Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education from Harvard Medical School and has been a scholar in the Harvard Macy Institute’s Programs for Educators in Health Professions and Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education. She has received awards for her teaching and is a faculty leader in the BCRP’s Academy of Medical Education. She designed and implemented the Keystone Blocks, a longitudinal experience in outpatient pediatrics and advocacy in the BCRP. In 2015, Dr. Michelson led the residency program through a strategic planning process resulting in a revised mission and 5-year plan. Her areas of focus in education research include: women in medicine, variation in parental leave and return to work practices across training programs, and competency-based assessment.  She is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism efforts within the residency and hospital, and eliminating bias in assessments and the workplace, with the goal of building a climate that creates a true sanctuary space for patients, families, learners, staff and faculty. Dr. Michelson is a member of the Association for Pediatric Program Directors, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Alpha Omega Alpha. She met her husband Ken, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, in residency.  They have a 3 year old daughter Ava and are expecting their second child in late September 2021.