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 Chobanian and Avedisian 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 12/2/2022

    Liu J, Jackson SS, Xie J, Rowland MJ, Michelson CD. National Survey of Combined Pediatrics-Anesthesiology Residents and Graduates: Factors Contributing to Changing Career Aspirations Over Time. Anesth Analg. 2022 Dec 02. PMID: 36729970.

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  • Published on 10/18/2022

    Nunneley CE, Zheng DJ, Winn AS, Michelson CD. Tackling Impostor Syndrome Individually and Institutionally: A Longitudinal Impostor Syndrome Curriculum for Pediatric Residents. Acad Med. 2022 Nov 01; 97(11S):S140. PMID: 36734764.

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  • Published on 6/15/2022

    Marcus CH, Michelson CD, Luff D, Newman LR. Participation in a Resident-as-Teacher Rotation: Motivations of and Impacts on Faculty Coaches. Acad Med. 2022 12 01; 97(12):1832-1840. PMID: 35703138.

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  • Published on 5/1/2022

    Allen EB, Michelson CD, O'Donnell KA, Bagley SM, Earlywine J, Hadland SE. Training in Adolescent Substance and Opioid Misuse in Pediatric Residency Programs. Pediatrics. 2022 May 01; 149(5). PMID: 35437591.

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  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Fraiman YS, Cheston CC, Cabral HJ, Allen C, Asnes AG, Barrett JT, Batra M, Bernstein W, Bleeker T, Dietz PM, Lewis J, Li ST, Ma TM, Mahan JD, Michelson CD, Poynter SE, Vining MA, Watson K, Sox CM. Effect of a Novel Mindfulness Curriculum on Burnout During Pediatric Internship: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 Apr 01; 176(4):365-372. PMID: 35072694.

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  • Published on 3/19/2022

    Rainer T, Zheng DJ, Winn AS, Michelson CD, Sectish TC, Cheston CC. Becoming an Anti-Racist Training Program. J Pediatr. 2022 Nov; 250:3-6.e2. PMID: 35314153.

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  • Published on 3/16/2022

    Schumacher DJ, Michelson C, Winn AS, Turner DA, Elshoff E, Kinnear B. Making prospective entrustment decisions: Knowing limits, seeking help and defaulting. Med Educ. 2022 Sep; 56(9):892-900. PMID: 35263474.

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  • Published on 12/2/2021

    Ben-Zion S, Lehmann A, Price L, Burnett HQ, Michelson CD. The Use of Parenting Electives in Pediatric Residency. Acad Pediatr. 2022 May-Jun; 22(4):513-517. PMID: 34864134.

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  • Published on 9/7/2021

    Winthrop ZA, Michelson CD, Nash KA. Training the Next Generation of Pediatrician-Advocates: A New Focus on the Inpatient Setting. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 10; 11(10):e266-e269. PMID: 34493588.

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  • Published on 4/18/2021

    Wilder JL, Pingree EW, Hark CM, Marcus CH, Rabinowitz EC, Michelson CD, Winn AS. Pediatric Trainees as Parents: Perspectives on Parenthood From Pediatric Resident Parents. Acad Pediatr. 2021 08; 21(6):934-942. PMID: 33878479.

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