Research/Scholarly Activities

Peds Residency Research and Scholarly ActivitiesA major goal of the Children's Hospital at Sinai Pediatric Residency Training Program is to promote scholarly activity.  To that end, this activity is incorporated into the resident experience.

All residents must participate in a scholarly activity during their training.  In an effort to meet the varying scholarly activity interests, needs, and capabilities of individual residents, research projects may involve basic or clinical research, case reviews or epidemiological studies, quality improvement or performance improvement projects.

Residents learn to do high quality basic or clinical research through dedicated lecture series, direct exposure to faculty with research experience, and one-on-one consultation with an epidemiologist / statistician.  Residents gain insight into evidence-based medicine and learn to critically evaluate literature.  The Scholarly Activity Program aims to provide residents with an appreciation for high quality research, basic concepts of research design and statistics, and the opportunity to experience an oral and written presentation of biomedical information.

The culmination of the Program is the annual Scholarly Activity Day in the fall of the PL-3 year, when residents present the results of their projects.  An award is presented to the highest rated project as determined by the Scholarly Activity Committee.  Prior projects have been presented at national meetings and resulted in publications in leading peer reviewed journals.

Most Recent Resident Scholarly Activity Projects

Class of 2021

  1. Pick a Pack of PECS
  2. Implementation of a revised feeding protocol to optimize growth in premature infants – A Quality Improvement Project
  3. Improving Clinician's ability to counsel sexually active Adolescent males to be involved in their female partner contraception use
  4. A smooth transition: Assessing transition readiness in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease
  5. Bridging barriers: Identifying barriers in caregiver adherence to the safe sleep recommendations
  6. High Flow Nasal Cannula for Acute Bronchiolitis in the PICU: A Description of Use, Outcomes, and Adverse Events
  7. EMR-Based Care Coordination for Medically Complex Patients

Class of 2020

  1. Improving utilization of proactive anti-TNF therapeutic drug monitoring: a quality improvement initiative
    • Poster at 2019 NASPGHAN Annual Meeting
    • Poster at 2020 American Pediatric Association Regional Meeting
    • Poster at 2020 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting
  2. Improving HPV Vaccine Initiation Rates
    • Poster at 2020 Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting
  3. An Assessment of the Preterm Infant Oxygen Targeting Protocol
  4. Polyethylene glycol: the use of a single enteric agent for diagnostic MRE in a community hospital setting
    • Poster at 2019 NASPGHAN Annual Meeting
  5. Reinvigorating the Wheel: A Global Health Curriculum for Pediatric Residency at Sinai Hospital
  6. Learning How to Break Bad News: The Effects of a Simulation Workshop on Pediatric Residents’ Communication Skills
  7. Putting primary back into primary care: redirecting families' mindset from more acute care settings to Greenspring Pediatric Associates
  8. Depression and Diabetes: Depression Screening for Adolescent Patients with Diabetes
    • Poster at 2020 Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting
    • Poster at 2020 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting

Class of 2019

  1. Quality improvement study to increase Transcranial Doppler (TCD) screenings performed as primary stroke prevention in children with Sickle Cell Disease
    • Platform presentation at 2019 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting
    • Poster at 2019 Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting
  2. Antenatal betamethasone administration in anticipated late preterm delivery - clinical practice at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
    • Poster at 2019 Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting
    • Poster at 2019 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting
  3. Quality improvement project: Neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment protocol
    • Winner of program prize for the 20th Annual Harry Gordon Pediatric Resident Scholarly Activity Day
    • Third place at the 2018 Sinai Hospital Quality Improvement Competition
    • Poster at 2019 Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting
  4. Glucose gel babies: To evaluate the implementation of protocol for the treatment of hypoglycemia with oral dextrose gel
    • Second place at the 2018 Sinai Hospital Quality Improvement Competition
  5. Patient perception of art therapy on oncological treatment
    • Presentation at 2018 Alliance of Independent Medical Centers National Conference
    • Poster at 2018 AAP National Exhibit
    • Poster at 2019 Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting
  6. Implementation of a high flow nasal cannula pathway and scoring tool in bronchiolitis
  7. Bringing a positive parenting tool "Grow Your Kids TREE" to a busy, resident-run clinic: a feasibility study
    • Poster at 2019 Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting

Class of 2018

  1. The Sepsis Stopwatch: Implementing a Sepsis Risk Alert for Early Recognition and Goal-Directed Therapy in the Pediatric Emergency Department
    • Poster and oral presentation at 2018 Sinai Hospital Quality Improvement Competition, Runner up
  2. A Model to Improve Vitamin D Screening in Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Quality Improvement Initiative
  3. Delayed Cord Clamping: A Quality Improvement Initiative
    • Winner of program prize for the 19th Annual Harry Gordon Pediatric Resident Scholarly Activity Day
    • Poster presentation at 2017 AAP National Conference and Exhibition
  4. Improving Asthma Care at Greenspring Pediatric Associates
    • Poster and oral presentation at 2018 Sinai Hospital Quality Improvement Competition, Winner
  5. Expediting Discharges from the Full Term Nursery
  6. Wiped Clean: Raising Awareness for Stethoscope Hygiene on the Pediatric Ward
  7. Impact of Mindfulness-Based Stress Management Training on Perceived Stress and Burnout Amongst Pediatric Trainees: A Pilot Study
    • Poster presentation at 2017 AAP National Conference and Exhibition
  8. Deep Vein Thrombosis Incidence, Associations and Prophylaxis in the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital

Class of 2017

  1. Instituting a Predictive Model for Evaluation and Treatment of Early-onset Neonatal Sepsis: A Quality Improvement Initiative
    • Winner of program prize for the 18th Annual Harry Gordon Pediatric Residenct Scholarly Activity Day
    • Poster and oral presentation at 2017 Sinai Hospital Quality Improvement Competition, Runner Up
    • Platform presentation at 2017 Regional APA Meeting
    • Project presented at the symposium “Striving for Excellence in Research and Critical Thinking: A Symposium for Pediatric Residents”
  2. Peripheral Blood Pressure as a Marker of Hemodynamically Significant PDA in Pre-term and Low Birth Weight Neonate
  3. The Effect of High Flow Nasal Cannula in Infants with Bronchiolitis on Length of Hospitalization
  4. HPV Vaccination: A Needs Assessment of Two Primary Pediatric Offices in Baltimore
    • Poster presentation at 2017 Regional APA Meeting
  5. Raising the bar with SBAR
    • Poster and oral presentation at 2017 Sinai Hospital Quality Improvement Competition
    • Poster presentation at 2017 Regional APA Meeting
    • Poster presentation at 2017 National APPD Spring Meeting
  6. Chicken soup for the patient’s soul: Assessing the need for dietary education in Pediatric Oncology Patients
  7. Effects of a Standardized Feeding Protocol on Weight Gain in Very Low Birth Weight Infants
    • Poster and oral presentation at 2017 Sinai Hospital Quality Improvement Competition, 1st place winner
    • Platform presentation at 2017 Regional APA Meeting, 1st place winner
    • Project presented at the symposium “Striving for Excellence in Research and Critical Thinking: A Symposium for Pediatric Residents”