Seven Learners Win Poster Awards at APA Region VI Meeting

Seven learners from the University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics or the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) received awards for their poster presentations at the Academic Pediatrics Association (APA) Region VI meeting, held in Madison on March 15, 2019.

The planning committee chose winners from 51 submitted abstracts in three categories: Quality Improvement, Research and Case Reports. They also chose two overall winners who received a gift card and a certificate of recognition signed by Department of Pediatrics Chair Ellen Wald, MD, and APA President Steven Selbst, MD.

All of the winners are listed below with their poster titles (UW Department of Pediatrics and UWSMPH winners are in bold).

  • Daniel Gorski, MD (PL3 resident): “Can Post-Operative Near Infrared Spectroscopy Monitoring in Neonates Detect Cardiac Surgery Associated Acute Kidney Injury?”
  • Ryan Meinen, MD (neonatology and newborn nursery fellow): “Implementation of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) to Identify Central Catheter Tip Location in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”

Quality Improvement

  • First place: Alex Binder, MS (PROKids research specialist): “Impact of Family-Centered Tailoring of Pediatric T1D Self-Management Resources”
  • Second place: Stephanie Syu, MD (PL1 resident): “Quality Improvement Initiative: Infant CPR Education for Caregivers of Patients Admitted for BRUE”
  • Third place: Yashoda Naik, MD (endocrinology and diabetes fellow): “Standardization of EMR Documentation Improves Care of Children with Adrenal Insufficiency”


  • First place: Joy Solano, MD (pediatric hospital medicine fellow, Children’s Mercy Kansas City): “Does Pediatric Palliative Care Involvement Influence Location of Death?”
  • Second place:Jacob Svenson (second-year UWSMPH student): “Content Validity of the Pediatric PROMIS® Family Relationships Measure for Children with Chronic Illness Poster”
  • Third place: Jared Kevern, MD (PL2 resident): “Tri-Ponderal Mass Index is a Useful Marker for Cardiovascular Fitness in Children”

Case Reports

  • First place: Kesha Baxi, DO (PL2 resident, St. Louis University School of Medicine): “Perianal Plaques in a Five-Month Old Infant”
  • Second place: Palida Noor, MD (PL1 resident, St. Louis University School of Medicine): “It’s Just Chronic Sinusitis”
  • Third place: Tess Suttles, MD (PL2 resident, Washington University School of Medicine): “Hepatitis Associated Aplastic Anemia, An Unfortunate Sequela”