Undergraduate Degree

  • Haverford College , 1999 , Haverford , PA

Medical School

  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine , 2004 , Chicago , IL


  • University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital , 2005 , Chapel Hill , NC


  • University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital , 2007 , Chapel Hill , NC


  • Boston Children’s Hospital , 2010 , Boston , MA

Graduate Degree

  • Harvard School of Public Health , 2010 , Boston , MA


Dr. Starmer is the Director of Primary Care Quality Improvement and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Starmer is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency training at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics and Health Services Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, and received a Masters Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2010. She joined Oregon Health and Science University as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in May of 2011 as a participant in the OHSU Comparative Effectiveness K12 program before rejoining the faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital in February 2014.


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  1. I-PASS Mentored Implementation Handoff Curriculum: Frontline Provider Training Materials. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 06 22; 16:10912. View abstract
  2. Implementing receiver-driven handoffs to the emergency department to reduce miscommunication. BMJ Qual Saf. 2021 Mar; 30(3):208-215. View abstract
  3. Gender Differences in Earnings of Early- and Midcareer Pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2019 10; 144(4). View abstract
  4. Gender Discrepancies Related to Pediatrician Work-Life Balance and Household Responsibilities. Pediatrics. 2019 10; 144(4). View abstract
  5. Association of Pediatric Resident Physician Depression and Burnout With Harmful Medical Errors on Inpatient Services. Acad Med. 2019 08; 94(8):1150-1156. View abstract
  6. An Evolving Clinical Setting for Education: Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2019 08; 66(4):xix-xx. View abstract
  7. Process Metrics and Outcomes to Inform Quality Improvement in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2019 08; 66(4):725-737. View abstract
  8. Improving rates of ferrous sulfate prescription for suspected iron deficiency anaemia in infants. BMJ Qual Saf. 2019 07; 28(7):588-597. View abstract
  9. Calm in the midst of cytokine storm: a collaborative approach to the diagnosis and treatment of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis and macrophage activation syndrome. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2019 Feb 14; 17(1):7. View abstract
  10. I-PASS Mentored Implementation Handoff Curriculum: Champion Training Materials. MedEdPORTAL. 2019 01 10; 15:10794. View abstract
  11. "All the ward's a stage": a qualitative study of the experience of direct observation of handoffs. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2019 05; 24(2):301-315. View abstract
  12. Patient safety after implementation of a coproduced family centered communication programme: multicenter before and after intervention study. BMJ. 2018 12 05; 363:k4764. View abstract
  13. Longitudinal Analyses of Pediatrician Burnout. Acad Pediatr. 2019 04; 19(3):256-262. View abstract
  14. Developing Standardized "Receiver-Driven" Handoffs Between Referring Providers and the Emergency Department: Results of a Multidisciplinary Needs Assessment. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2018 12; 44(12):719-730. View abstract
  15. I-PASS Mentored Implementation Handoff Curriculum: Implementation Guide and Resources. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 08 03; 14:10736. View abstract
  16. I-PASS Handoff Program: Use of a Campaign to Effect Transformational Change. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2018 Jul-Aug; 3(4):e088. View abstract
  17. Ensuring Timely Connection to Early Intervention for Young Children With Developmental Delays. Pediatrics. 2018 07; 142(1). View abstract
  18. A Study of Pediatricians' Debt Repayment a Decade After Completing Residency. Acad Med. 2017 11; 92(11):1595-1600. View abstract
  19. Effects of the I-PASS Nursing Handoff Bundle on communication quality and workflow. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 Dec; 26(12):949-957. View abstract
  20. Resident Experiences With Implementation of the I-PASS Handoff Bundle. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Jun; 9(3):313-320. View abstract
  21. Integrating Research, Quality Improvement, and Medical Education for Better Handoffs and Safer Care: Disseminating, Adapting, and Implementing the I-PASS Program. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2017 07; 43(7):319-329. View abstract
  22. Inpatient Hospital Factors and Resident Time With Patients and Families. Pediatrics. 2017 May; 139(5). View abstract
  23. Families as Partners in Hospital Error and Adverse Event Surveillance. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 04 01; 171(4):372-381. View abstract
  24. Attitudes and Experiences of Early and Midcareer Pediatricians With the Maintenance of Certification Process. Acad Pediatr. 2017 07; 17(5):487-496. View abstract
  25. Reliability of Verbal Handoff Assessment and Handoff Quality Before and After Implementation of a Resident Handoff Bundle. Acad Pediatr. 2016 08; 16(6):524-31. View abstract
  26. Work-Life Balance, Burnout, and Satisfaction of Early Career Pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2016 04; 137(4). View abstract
  27. The Creation of Standard-Setting Videos to Support Faculty Observations of Learner Performance and Entrustment Decisions. Acad Med. 2016 Feb; 91(2):204-9. View abstract
  28. Intern and Resident Workflow Patterns on Pediatric Inpatient Units: A Multicenter Time-Motion Study. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Dec; 169(12):1175-7. View abstract
  29. A Longitudinal Study of Pediatricians Early in Their Careers: PLACES. Pediatrics. 2015 Aug; 136(2):370-80. View abstract
  30. Variation in printed handoff documents: Results and recommendations from a multicenter needs assessment. J Hosp Med. 2015 Aug; 10(8):517-24. View abstract
  31. Changes in medical errors with a handoff program. N Engl J Med. 2015 01 29; 372(5):490-1. View abstract
  32. Summary of STARNet: Seamless Transitions and (Re)admissions Network. Pediatrics. 2015 Jan; 135(1):164-75. View abstract
  33. Changes in medical errors after implementation of a handoff program. N Engl J Med. 2014 Nov 06; 371(19):1803-12. View abstract
  34. Development, implementation, and dissemination of the I-PASS handoff curriculum: A multisite educational intervention to improve patient handoffs. Acad Med. 2014 Jun; 89(6):876-84. View abstract
  35. Placing faculty development front and center in a multisite educational initiative: lessons from the I-PASS Handoff study. Acad Pediatr. 2014 May-Jun; 14(3):221-4. View abstract
  36. Impact of educational video on critical congenital heart disease screening. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Jul; 53(8):733-41. View abstract
  37. Rates of medical errors and preventable adverse events among hospitalized children following implementation of a resident handoff bundle. JAMA. 2013 Dec 04; 310(21):2262-70. View abstract
  38. Quality improvement research in pediatric hospital medicine and the role of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) network. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Nov-Dec; 13(6 Suppl):S54-60. View abstract
  39. Pressure ulcer risk assessment and prevention: a systematic comparative effectiveness review. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Jul 02; 159(1):28-38. View abstract
  40. Closing the gap: a needs assessment of medical students and handoff training. J Pediatr. 2013 May; 162(5):887-8.e1. View abstract
  41. Answering questions on call: pediatric resident physicians' use of handoffs and other resources. J Hosp Med. 2013 Jun; 8(6):328-33. View abstract
  42. I-pass, a mnemonic to standardize verbal handoffs. Pediatrics. 2012 Feb; 129(2):201-4. View abstract
  43. Pediatric hospitalists' influences on education and career plans. J Hosp Med. 2012 Apr; 7(4):282-6. View abstract
  44. Pediatrics in the year 2020 and beyond: preparing for plausible futures. Pediatrics. 2010 Nov; 126(5):971-81. View abstract
  45. Peering into the future: pediatrics in a changing world. Pediatrics. 2010 Nov; 126(5):982-8. View abstract
  46. Establishing a multisite education and research project requires leadership, expertise, collaboration, and an important aim. Pediatrics. 2010 Oct; 126(4):619-22. View abstract
  47. Direct observation of resident-patient encounters in continuity clinic: a controlled study of parent satisfaction and resident perceptions. Educ Health (Abingdon). 2009 Dec; 22(3):325. View abstract