Boston Combined Residency Program

The Boston Combined Residency Program brings together the training programs of Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital.

The goal of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics is to train subspecialty and general pediatricians in both a distinctive and integrated manner. We believe this program serves as a national model for pediatric training and comprehensive care for children. It has brought together two great hospitals and universities not for economic gain, but rather to help craft the future of pediatric care and training. We are pleased to offer this program for applicants interested in becoming leaders in pediatrics, and we look forward to working closely with our future house officers to help shape the future of clinical care, research, and education.

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BCRP Resident Runs to Aid Injured in Boston

Junior resident Natalie Stavas was running her fourth Boston Marathon, despite a broken left foot incurred during training, because she felt an obligation to her charity, Boston Medical Center Pediatrics. As a consequence she was running about 45 minutes slower than her personal best of 3:24 and was just completing mile 26 when the explosions near the finish line propelled her into action.

Specific Examples of Resident Research

Fetal Hemoglobin Switch 
As a medical student, senior resident Vijay Sankaran discovered a gene, BCL11A, that controls the fetal to adult hemoglobin switch and offers new ways to potentially treat sickle cell disease and thalassemia. Vijay continued to make major research breakthroughs throughout residency.

Children's Resident Takes Lead in Developing New SCAMPS Cost-Cutting Program

Michael Farias, a 2013 graduate of the BCRP, recently published an important article in Health Affairs on an innovative new technique, called Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPS), that improves on clinical practice guidelines by accommodating differences in treatment required for different patients. Since 2009, under under the direction of Michael and his collaborators more than 12,000 patients have been enrolled in forty-nine SCAMPs in nine states and Washington, D.C. with an 11-51 percent decrease in total medical expenses for six test conditions. The project was recently featured in the Boston Globe.

Natalie Stavas and Dan Parry Fight Consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Natalie Stavas and Dan Parry are passionate about fighting childhood obesity. They are shown here at the Massachusetts State House, rallying pediatricians to support House Bill 1697, as part of their state-wide campaign to decrease the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and reduce obesity. The bill would revoke the sales tax exception that currently exists for soda in Massachusetts. In addition, they led the distribution of "No Sugary Drinks" prescriptions pads to physicians across the state. Their efforts have received media coverage from the Boston Globe and the recognition of many policymakers in the Commonwealth.

Alexandra Vinograd's Experience at Butaro

Alexandra is a 2011 Med-Peds graduate who is currently working at the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda with Paul Farmer`s program, Partners in Health. Her pediatric experiences there are detailed in this inspiring and emotionally affecting video produced by Time Magazine.

Residents as Innovators

Two residents, Eli Sprecher and Natalie Stavas, have created a smartphone application that makes it easy for providers, at the point of care, to screen patients for their psychosocial needs, find local resources, and reliably send those resources to their patients or their families via text message or e-mail.

Residents Present Research at Pediatric Academic Societies

Forty-three current and recent BCRP houseofficers submitted 46 abstracts of their research to the spring meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in San Diego, CA, April 25 to April 28, 2015.

BCRP Brochure: Class of 2016

Download a pdf (10 MB) document containing all the material on this website.


Interns Set Record for Most Parties

BCRP residents party as hard as they work, as shown in the attached photo gallery, which acknowledges several recent classes. The last two intern classes got together for a party or other activity almost every week, the most of any classes in memory.

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Boston Children's Hospital Around the World

International Health efforts of Children's faculty are detailed here.

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Ted Sectish

Talks with The Newsweek about part-time residencies and the options for flexibility in training in the BCRP.

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Stem Cell Program

Children's Hospital Boston has the world's leading research in stem cell biology, which is detailed in a beautiful new website.

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Gene Therapy

A team of Children's hematologists and immunologists have successfully treated a boy with X-linked SCID using a new gene therapy technique.

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Youth Advocacy

Boston Medical Center has achieved national leadership with programs like Reach Out and Read, Child Witness to Violence, the Boston Center for Refuge Health and Human Rights, and the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children.

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Who's New?

New Senior Faculty and Program Leaders

Friedhelm Hildebrandt, MD
Dr Friedhelm Hildebrandt, a distinguished clinician and HHMI Investigator, has recently joined the Boston Children's Hospital staff as the new Chief of Nephrology.

Ariel Winn, MD
Ariel Winn is a recently graduated Chief Resident for the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) and a newly appointed Associate Program Director for the BCRP.

Kate Distler, MD
Kate Distler is a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Medical Center and Associate Program Director in the Boston Combined Residency Program.