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Kathy (Kathy) M. Sanders, MD

  • Director, MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program


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Clinical Interests
  • Residency training and education
  • Leadership development
  • Mindfulness training and graduate medical education
  • Psychiatry
  • Chronic medical illness and mental health
  • Emergency consultation
Medical Education
  • MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • Residency, Michigan State University
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Psychiatry
  • Belmont: McLean Hospital
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
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My professional activity centers on the administration of the MGH/Mclean Adult Psychiatry Residency. I maintain clinical and teaching activity in a variety of settings such as the MGH emergency psychiatry service, the outpatient clinic where I see psychiatry patients with comorbid medical conditions, and in the Clinical Evaluation Center (CEC - admissions unit) at McLean Hospital. Academic interests include developing clear clinical training expectations in the form of publishable goals and objectives in core competency language. I developed an innovative leadership seminar for Chief Residents within the MGH/McLean residency which the APA uses for its annual Executive Leadership Program for chief residents. Additionally, the training program's curriculum design under my leadership is based on an integrated, longitudinal approach to the clinical requirements so that the training is less modular and more capable of complexity and depth as each year of training progresses. This was demonstrated by the inclusion of the internship year as an integral part of the training program starting in 2005 for more longitudinal integration of psychiatry with medicine. Additionally, I teach various seminars including: a) PGY-1 reading seminar, b) PGY-1 History of Psychiatry Seminar, and c) Chief Resident Leadership Seminar. Current research projects include studying and teaching leadership, simulation in residency training, and integrating mindfulness training in residency education for both burnout prevention and leadership development. As part of my leadership in residency training, I serve on the MGH Executive Committee Of Training and Education (ECOTE), Partners Education Committee (PEC), and on the Executive Council of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT). At the national level, I am currently the Secretary for AADPRT.

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Research & Publications


Gross AF, Sanders KM. Aggression and Violence. In: Stern TA, et al., eds. Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry. 2008. p. 895-905.

Maytal G, Sanders K. Aggressive and Impulsive Patients. In: Stern TA, et al., eds. The MGH Handbook of general hospital psychiatry, 6th Edition. 2010. p. 601-611.

Ianucci R, Sanders K, Greenfield SF. A 4-Year Curriculum on Substance Use Disorders for Psychiatry Residents. Academic Psychiatry 2009:33 (1):60-66.

Sanders K. Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Focus 2010:8(1):19-24.

Trinh N, Rho Y, Francis L, Sanders K , eds. Handbook of Mental Health and Acculturation in Asian American Families. New York: Humana Press, 2009.

Rosenquist JN, Nykiel S, Chang T, Sanders K, eds. MGH/McLean Hospital Residency Handbook of Psychiatry. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010.

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Acute Psychiatry Service
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-0895617-855-2831
Fax: 617-724-0308

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