Undergraduate Degree

  • Franklin and Marshall College , Lancaster , PA

Undergraduate Degree

  • Johns Hopkins University , Baltimore , MD

Medical School

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine , Baltimore , MD


  • Boston Children's Hospital , Boston , MA

Graduate Degree

  • Boston Children's Hospital , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy in practicing medicine is embodied by the Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter adopted by the American Board of Internal Medicine which emphasizes fundamental principles and professional commitments


Dr. Sectish practiced as a general pediatrician in Salinas, California from 1980 to 1993. He was the Program Director at Stanford from 1993 to 2007. He was Executive Director of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations from 2007 to 2014. As the Past-President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), Dr. Sectish was involved in national GME issues, including the formation of the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties that serves as a home for pediatric subspecialists and fellowship directors. He was a member of the Residency Review and Redesign Committee (R3P) and the Program Directors Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a member of the American Pediatric Society. His interest in educational innovation and improvement spans the continuum from undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education (GME) and the continuous professional development of practicing physicians.


  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics


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  1. Leadership Training in Pediatric Residency Programs: Identifying Content, Characterizing Practice, and Planning for the Future. Acad Pediatr. 2021 07; 21(5):772-776. View abstract
  2. One Size Does Not Fit All: Implementation of an Equitable and Inclusive Strategic Response to Address Needs of Pediatric Resident Physicians during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Crisis. J Pediatr. 2021 Feb; 229:8-10. View abstract
  3. I-PASS Mentored Implementation Handoff Curriculum: Frontline Provider Training Materials. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 06 22; 16:10912. View abstract
  4. Application Factors Associated With Clinical Performance During Pediatric Internship. Acad Pediatr. 2020 Sep - Oct; 20(7):1007-1012. 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. Pediatric Hospital Medicine: Where We Are, Where We Are Headed: State of the Specialty, Looking Forward. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2019 08; 66(4):891-895. View abstract
  7. I-PASS Mentored Implementation Handoff Curriculum: Champion Training Materials. MedEdPORTAL. 2019 01 10; 15:10794. View abstract
  8. 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
  9. I-PASS Mentored Implementation Handoff Curriculum: Implementation Guide and Resources. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 08 03; 14:10736. View abstract
  10. I-PASS Handoff Program: Use of a Campaign to Effect Transformational Change. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2018 Jul-Aug; 3(4):e088. View abstract
  11. A Comparison of Resident Self-Perception and Pediatric Hospitalist Perceptions of the Supervisory Needs of New Interns. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 04; 8(4):214-219. View abstract
  12. Stress From Uncertainty and Resilience Among Depressed and Burned Out Residents: A Cross-Sectional Study. Acad Pediatr. 2018 08; 18(6):698-704. View abstract
  13. Development, Implementation, and Assessment of the Intensive Clinical Orientation for Residents (ICOR) Curriculum: A Pilot Intervention to Improve Intern Clinical Preparedness. Acad Pediatr. 2018 03; 18(2):140-144. View abstract
  14. Resident Experiences With Implementation of the I-PASS Handoff Bundle. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Jun; 9(3):313-320. View abstract
  15. 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
  16. Families as Partners in Hospital Error and Adverse Event Surveillance. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 04 01; 171(4):372-381. View abstract
  17. Optimizing Your Mentoring Relationship: A Toolkit for Mentors and Mentees. MedEdPORTAL. 2016 Sep 23; 12:10459. View abstract
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Blueprint for Action: Visioning Summit on the Future of the Workforce in Pediatrics. Pediatrics. 2015 Jul; 136(1):161-9. View abstract
  21. Variation in printed handoff documents: Results and recommendations from a multicenter needs assessment. J Hosp Med. 2015 Aug; 10(8):517-24. View abstract
  22. Diversity and inclusion training in pediatric departments. Pediatrics. 2015 Apr; 135(4):707-13. View abstract
  23. Changes in medical errors after implementation of a handoff program. N Engl J Med. 2014 Nov 06; 371(19):1803-12. View abstract
  24. Optimizing clinical competency committee work through taking advantage of overlap across milestones. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Sep-Oct; 14(5):436-8. View abstract
  25. 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
  26. Gender and generational influences on the pediatric workforce and practice. Pediatrics. 2014 Jun; 133(6):1112-21. View abstract
  27. 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
  28. Putting the pediatrics milestones into practice: a consensus roadmap and resource analysis. Pediatrics. 2014 May; 133(5):898-906. View abstract
  29. 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
  30. Pulmonary hypertension associated with scurvy and vitamin deficiencies in an autistic child. Pediatrics. 2013 Dec; 132(6):e1699-703. View abstract
  31. 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
  32. Closing the gap: a needs assessment of medical students and handoff training. J Pediatr. 2013 May; 162(5):887-8.e1. View abstract
  33. Pediatric residents' perspectives on reducing work hours and lengthening residency: a national survey. Pediatrics. 2012 Jul; 130(1):99-107. View abstract
  34. Education in professionalism: results from a survey of pediatric residency program directors. J Grad Med Educ. 2012 Mar; 4(1):101-5. View abstract
  35. I-pass, a mnemonic to standardize verbal handoffs. Pediatrics. 2012 Feb; 129(2):201-4. View abstract
  36. Effects of a night-team system on resident sleep and work hours. Pediatrics. 2011 Dec; 128(6):1142-7. View abstract
  37. Unit-based care teams and the frequency and quality of physician-nurse communications. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 May; 165(5):424-8. View abstract
  38. A change in the pediatric leadership landscape. J Pediatr. 2011 Mar; 158(3):347-348.e2. View abstract
  39. Establishing a multisite education and research project requires leadership, expertise, collaboration, and an important aim. Pediatrics. 2010 Oct; 126(4):619-22. View abstract
  40. Child health research funding and policy: imperatives and investments for a healthier world. Pediatrics. 2010 Jun; 125(6):1259-65. View abstract
  41. Federation of Pediatric Organizations Task Force on Women in Pediatrics II: survey of active members of the Society for Pediatric Research regarding part-time and flexible work. J Pediatr. 2009 Oct; 155(4):459-460.e1. View abstract
  42. Federation of Pediatric Organizations Task Force on Women in Pediatrics: considerations for part-time training and employment for research-intensive fellows and faculty. J Pediatr. 2009 Jan; 154(1):1-3.e2. View abstract
  43. Report of colloquium II: the theory and practice of graduate medical education--how do we know when we have made a "good doctor"? Pediatrics. 2009 Jan; 123 Suppl 1:S17-21. View abstract
  44. Global health training for pediatric residents. Pediatr Ann. 2008 Dec; 37(12):786-7, 792-6. View abstract
  45. Changes in attendance at deliveries by pediatric residents 2000 to 2005. Am J Perinatol. 2009 Feb; 26(2):129-34. View abstract
  46. Part-time training in pediatric residency programs: principles and practices. Pediatrics. 2008 Oct; 122(4):e938-44. View abstract
  47. Health insurance for all children and youth in the United States: a position statement of the Federation of pediatric organizations. J Pediatr. 2008 Sep; 153(3):301-2. View abstract
  48. Effects of the accreditation council for graduate medical education duty hour limits on sleep, work hours, and safety. Pediatrics. 2008 Aug; 122(2):250-8. View abstract
  49. The Federation of Pediatric Organizations strategic plan: six strategic initiatives to enhance child health. J Pediatr. 2008 Jun; 152(6):745-6, 746.e1. View abstract
  50. Introduction of a pediatric palliative care curriculum for pediatric residents. J Palliat Med. 2008 Mar; 11(2):164-70. View abstract
  51. Rates of medication errors among depressed and burnt out residents: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2008 Mar 01; 336(7642):488-91. View abstract
  52. The creation of the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties: addressing the needs of the subspecialties and subspecialists. J Pediatr. 2007 Aug; 151(2):105-6, 106.e1-2. View abstract
  53. Five-month-old infant with a unilateral pleural effusion. Coccidioidomycosis. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2007 Feb; 26(2):189-90, 195-6. View abstract
  54. Making pediatrics residency programs family friendly: Views along the professional educational continuum. J Pediatr. 2006 Jul; 149(1):1-2. View abstract
  55. Are residents ready for self-directed learning? A pilot program of individualized learning plans in continuity clinic. Ambul Pediatr. 2005 Sep-Oct; 5(5):298-301. View abstract
  56. Index of suspicion. Pediatr Rev. 2004 Oct; 25(10):364-9. View abstract
  57. The state of pediatrics residency training: a period of transformation of graduate medical education. Pediatrics. 2004 Sep; 114(3):832-41. View abstract
  58. Evaluating a Residency Program Using Reflections of Recent Resident Graduates and their Pediatric Colleagues. Med Educ Online. 2003 Dec; 8(1):4330. View abstract
  59. Clinical considerations in the diagnosis of otitis media. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2003 Jul; 3(4):313-20. View abstract
  60. Commentary on the ACGME duty hours standards: improved duty hours with uncertain outcomes. Ambul Pediatr. 2003 Jul-Aug; 3(4):164-5. View abstract
  61. Continuous professional development: raising the bar for pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2002 Jul; 110(1 Pt 1):152-6. View abstract
  62. Pediatric residents' clinical diagnostic accuracy of otitis media. Pediatrics. 2002 Jun; 109(6):993-8. View abstract
  63. Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction associated with ciprofloxacin administration for tick-borne relapsing fever. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2002 Jun; 21(6):571-3. View abstract
  64. Pediatric resident training in the diagnosis and treatment of acute otitis media. Pediatrics. 2002 Mar; 109(3):404-8. View abstract
  65. Use of sedation and local anesthesia to prepare children for procedures. Am Fam Physician. 1997 Feb 15; 55(3):909-16. View abstract
  66. Management of the febrile infant. Pediatr Ann. 1996 Nov; 25(11):608-13. View abstract
  67. Pediatric resident training in a school environment. A prescription for learning. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996 Jun; 150(6):632-7. View abstract
  68. Sedation for pediatric procedures. West J Med. 1995 Apr; 162(4):357-8. View abstract