Catherine D. Michelson, MD, MMSc

Karp Family Professor, Pediatrics

Catherine 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 then 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 then as Program Director starting in 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, implemented, and has studied Keystone, 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: the impacts of longitudinal integrated blocks and other structural innovations to training, resident assessment; program evaluation, and advocacy training. She has a special interest in resident wellness and support.

Dr. Michelson is a member of the Association for Pediatric Program Directors, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Alpha Omega Alpha. She and her husband Ken, whom she met in residency, live in the South End.


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
  • Harvard Medical School, MMS/MMSc
  • University of Notre Dame, BA


  • Published on 8/9/2019

    Miller KA, Collada B, Tolliver D, Audi Z, Cohen A, Michelson C, Newman LR. Using the Modified Delphi Method to Develop a Tool to Assess Pediatric Residents Supervising on Inpatient Rounds. Acad Pediatr. 2019 Aug 09. PMID: 31404706.

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  • Published on 2/1/2019

    Schumacher DJ, Martini A, Bartlett KW, King B, Calaman S, Garfunkel LC, Elliott SP, Frohna JG, Schwartz A, Michelson CD. Key Factors in Clinical Competency Committee Members' Decisions Regarding Residents' Readiness to Serve as Supervisors: A National Study. Acad Med. 2019 Feb; 94(2):251-258. PMID: 30256253.

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  • Published on 10/10/2018

    Michelson CD, Dzara K, Ramani S, Vinci R, Schumacher D. Keystone: Exploring Pediatric Residents' Experiences in a Longitudinal Integrated Block. Teach Learn Med. 2019 Jan-Mar; 31(1):99-108. PMID: 30303403.

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  • Published on 8/1/2018

    Schumacher DJ, King B, Barnes MM, Elliott SP, Gibbs K, McGreevy JF, Del Rey JG, Sharma T, Michelson C, Schwartz A. Influence of Clinical Competency Committee Review Process on Summative Resident Assessment Decisions. J Grad Med Educ. 2018 Aug; 10(4):429-437. PMID: 30154975.

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  • Published on 6/18/2018

    Schumacher DJ, Bartlett KW, Elliott SP, Michelson C, Sharma T, Garfunkel LC, King B, Schwartz A. Milestone Ratings and Supervisory Role Categorizations Swim Together, but Is the Water Muddy? Acad Pediatr. 2019 Mar; 19(2):144-151. PMID: 29925038.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Schumacher DJ, Michelson C, Poynter S, Barnes MM, Li ST, Burman N, Sklansky DJ, Thoreson L, Calaman S, King B, Schwartz A, Elliott S, Sharma T, Gonzalez Del Rey J, Bartlett K, Scott-Vernaglia SE, Gibbs K, McGreevy JF, Garfunkel LC, Gellin C, Frohna JG. Thresholds and interpretations: How clinical competency committees identify pediatric residents with performance concerns. Med Teach. 2018 01; 40(1):70-79. PMID: 29345207.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Schlosser KR, Creedon JK, Michelson KA, Michelson CD. Lessons From the 2013 Boston Marathon: Incorporating Residents Into Institutional Emergency Plans. Pediatrics. 2017 06; 139(6). PMID: 28562290.

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  • Published on 3/28/2017

    Schiff DM, Zuckerman B, Hutton E, Genatossio C, Michelson C, Bair-Merritt M. Development and Pilot Implementation of a Trauma-Informed Care Curriculum for Pediatric Residents. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Sep - Oct; 17(7):794-796. PMID: 28359836.

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  • Published on 12/15/2016

    Real FJ, Michelson CD, Beck AF, Klein MD. Location, Location, Location: Teaching About Neighborhoods in Pediatrics. Acad Pediatr. 2017 04; 17(3):228-232. PMID: 27988207.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Black NP, Fromme HB, Black E, West DC, Lockspeiser T, Michelson CD, Cleveland, JT, Meyer C, Abramson E, Bass L, Winn A, Adeniyi A, Dietz P, Gonuguntla A, Blankenburg R. Academic Medicine 2016 RIME edition. Six Months of Individualization- Have we hit the mark? A National Survey of Pediatric Residency Programs. 2016.

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