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Resident Research

Resident Research

As a resident, you will complete a scholarly project during your training. Each project is unique and will allow you to answer a hypothesis-driven question generated by your interests. A broad range of possibilities are available for independent data collection, including laboratory and clinical research, quality improvement, sociobehavioral health research, advocacy projects that include a question and outcome, and educational research projects. You may also choose to answer your query by in-depth review of literature and analysis to arrive at a conclusion. A faculty mentor will guide and provide support during all stages of your project.

During the first year, residents are encouraged to formulate questions with the assistance of faculty who have interest and experience related to the topic. Basic background information is gathered and a formal mentor is identified. By early in the second year, project ideas are finalized with materials developed and submitted for IRB approval (if necessary), and a protocol and timeline are established for completing the project. During the third year, completion of the project includes submission of abstracts for consideration at national meetings, completion of manuscripts for those interested in pursuing publication, and preparation of a formal presentation for a special spring departmental program highlighting the scholarly activities of residents and fellows.

SPRING RESEARCH DAY

Every year, the Department of Pediatrics sponsors a Spring Research Day at the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC).

This event spotlights current research work from Department of Pediatrics residents, fellows, faculty, and staff, plus health sciences students from the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).

The event consists of an all-day poster presentation in the HSLC Atrium, a keynote address by a pediatrics faculty member, and a series of oral presentations on select topics.

Although many of the presentations have been or will be given at regional or national meetings, the event is a great way to share our department’s work with the SMPH community.

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Support for necessary materials to complete the project, as well as personnel to help guide residents with protocol development and IRB approval, are provided by the Department of Pediatrics. Residents have access to a biostatistician at all stages for assistance in developing projects and analyzing results. Funds are also available to help residents attend national meetings to present their work.

A research elective block is available to ensure that residents have adequate protected time to complete their projects.

The goal of this project is to provide residents a positive and supported experience with scholarly work in an area of the residents' choosing. Residents will identify their own areas of interest, most often drawing inspiration from the bedside or clinic, or from their own educational experiences. Ideally, the resident scholarly project will provide experience working with a faculty mentor, learning to critically review relevant literature, refining and then answering a scholarly question, and presenting findings to others so that the work can improve patient care. In doing so, this project allows residents an opportunity to improve the health of our patients beyond their one-to-one patient interactions.

Each spring a Resident Scholarly Week is held and includes opportunities for all residents to attend teaching conferences focused on topics including "How and why to present your work at a national meeting," "A panel of faculty researchers discuss career paths," and "Case studies in research ethics." The culmination of the week is the Spring Department Research Day, which focuses on scholarly work from residents, fellows and faculty. All residents are invited to present work in the areas of advocacy, QI, research and other scholarly activities. PL3 residents present their final scholarly project on this day in either poster or oral presentation format.

Recent Resident Academic Projects

Kelly Bush, MD

Kelly Bush, MD

Trends in Tobacco and Marijuana Use Among College Freshmen

PAS Poster Presentation
Resident: Kelly Bush, MD
Faculty Mentor: Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH

Project Summary

Andrea Carberry, MD

Andrea Carberry, MD

Emotionally Charged Situations in Pediatric Residency: Using Mixed Methods to Identify Prevalence and Common Themes Towards Program Development

PAS Poster Presentation
Resident: Andrea Carberry, MD
Faculty Mentors: Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH; Mary Ehlenbach, MD

Project Summary

Matthew Egberg, MD

Matthew Egberg, MD

Response to Hepatitis B Vaccination in the AFCH Pediatric Celiac Population

Resident: Matthew Egberg, MD
Faculty Mentor: Dorota Walkiewicz-Jedrzejczak, MD

Project Summary

Jonathan Gehlbach, MD

Jonathan Gehlbach, MD

Non-Twin Sisters with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis: A Rare Case of Familial Clustering

Resident: Jonathan Gehlbach, MD
Faculty Mentor: Carol Diamond, MD

Project Summary

Matthew Harer, MD

Matthew Harer, MD

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification in High School Coaches: A Survey of Wisconsin High School Athletic Directors

PAS Oral Presentation
Resident: Matthew Harer, MD

Project Summary

Desire Hurst, MD

Desire Hurst, MD

Training Pediatric Residents For Rural Practice: A Literature Review

Resident: Desire Hurst, MD
Faculty Mentors: Kathleen DeSantes, MD; John Frohna, MD, MPH

Project Summary

Jennifer Jones, MD

Jennifer Jones, MD

Development of Adolescent Screening Questionnaire at a Community Health Center

Resident: Jennifer Jones, MD
Faculty Mentor: Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD

Project Summary

Jessica Miesfeld, MD

Jessica Miesfeld, MD

The Frequency of Screen-Time Discussions at Well-Child Visits by Pediatric Resident And Faculty

Resident: Jessica Miesfeld, MD
Faculty Mentor: John Frohna, MD, MPH

Project Summary

Allison Pollock, MD

Allison Pollock, MD

Online Resources for Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes: What Kids Want

PAS Poster Presentation
Resident: Allison Pollock, MD

Faculty Mentors: Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH; M. Tracy Bekx, MD; Ellen Connor, MD

Project Summary

Leslie Riopel, MD

Leslie Riopel, MD

Matthew Szadkowski, MD

Matthew Szadkowski, MD

Improving Health Literacy for Local Bhutanese Refugees

Residents: Leslie Riopel, MD and Matthew Szadkowski, MD
Faculty Mentor: Sabrina Butteris, MD


Project Summary

Aaron Van Ningen, MD

Aaron Van Ningen, MD

Assessing the Effectiveness of Resident Quality Improvement Projects: Using Acute Otitis Media as an Example

Resident: Aaron Van Ningen, MD
Faculty Mentor: Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH

Project Summary

Natalie White, DO

Natalie White, DO

Normal Blood Pressure in Healthy Neonates

PAS Poster Presentation
Resident: Natalie White, DO
Faculty Mentor: John Hokanson, MD

Project Summary

Katie Williams, MD

Katie Williams, MD

Disparities in Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome

PAS Poster Presentation
Resident: Katie Williams, MD
Faculty Mentors: Ellen Wald, MD; David Wargowski, MD

Project Summary

David Ingram, MD

David Ingram, MD

Is There a Seasonality to Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea? An Analysis of Internet Search Engine Query Data

Resident: David Ingram, MD
Faculty Mentor: Camilla Matthews, MD

Project Summary


Last updated: 03/12/2014
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