Founding the BCRP

In the early 1990's, David Nathan and Barry Zuckerman, the Chiefs of Services at both Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center, respectively, decided to combine two major medical schools (Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine) and two major hospitals (Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center) to form the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics (BCRP), the first combined residency program in pediatrics in the US. 


The educational, clinical and research accomplishments of each institution formed the foundation for this collaborative venture. While hospital mergers to achieve fiscal viability were common events in the early 1990's, the BCRP merger had, at its core, a singular emphasis of pediatric education and was built upon the rich tradition of the previously separate training programs at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center. It was their belief that true educational excellence could be achieved by combining the culture of a public city hospital with that of a private sub-specialty hospital. The BCRP, now in its 19th year, continues to flourish and adapt to the changing elements of pediatric training. Our program continues to support the diverse interests of our house staff by providing them with clinical experiences at both the institutions coupled with exposure to our dedicated pediatric faculty.