Pediatric Residency Research and Scholarly Activities

Elevating Pediatric Care through Research

A 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 (such as American Thoracic Society and North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and have resulted in publications in leading peer-reviewed journals. The program covers airfare, poster preparation, and cost of registration up to $1000.

Pediatric Residency Class

Most Recent Resident Scholarly Activity Projects

Class of 2023

  • HAPS - Hospitalized Adolescent Psychosocial Screening
  • Reducing variability in the management of well-appearing febrile infants 8-60 days old in the Sinai Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Introduction of an Electronic Form for Asthma Management
  • Screening for and Fighting against Food Insecurity at Greenspring Pediatrics
  • Exploring Cultural Influences on Early Childhood Feeding Practices in a Pakistani Immigrant Population
  • Mindfulness over Matter Pilot Study: Feasibility of Implementing a Mindfulness Based Intervention in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease During Acute Pain Crisis
  • Addressing Tobacco Cessation Among Parents: A Pilot Intervention at Hospital Outpatient Clinic to address Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Exposure Among Pediatric Patients
  • Probiotics in the NICU
  • Implementing the Eat Sleep Console Method for Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome/Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome in the Newborn Nursery


Class of 2022

  • Implementation of a clinical pathway for the treatment of pediatric community-acquired pneumonia to improve antibiotic stewardship
  • The Effect of Firearm Injury Prevention Education on Pediatrician Comfort and Counseling Habits
  • Optimizing life beyond cancer: Survivorship program in Pediatric oncology
  • Addressing barriers and improving meningococcal immunization adherence in patients with sickle cell disease treated at Sinai Hospital
  • Improved Documentation of Physical Injuries to Adequately Assess for Child Abuse
  • Caregiver Centered Guidance on Child Discipline
  • Implementation of a Sedation Weaning Protocol for PICU Patients
  • Efficacy and Feasibility of Standardizing Therapy for the Treatment of Acute Migraines in the Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Improving adherence to Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines for rapid group A streptococcal antigen testing


Class of 2021

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


Class of 2020

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


Class of 2019

  • Quality improvement study to increase Transcranial Doppler (TCD) screenings performed as primary stroke prevention in children with Sickle Cell Disease
  • Antenatal betamethasone administration in anticipated late preterm delivery - clinical practice at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
  • Quality improvement project: Neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment protocol
  • Glucose gel babies: To evaluate the implementation of protocol for the treatment of hypoglycemia with oral dextrose gel
  • Patient perception of art therapy on oncological treatment
  • Implementation of a high flow nasal cannula pathway and scoring tool in bronchiolitis
  • Bringing a positive parenting tool "Grow Your Kids TREE" to a busy, resident-run clinic: a feasibility study


Class of 2018

  • The Sepsis Stopwatch: Implementing a Sepsis Risk Alert for Early Recognition and Goal-Directed Therapy in the Pediatric Emergency Department
  • A Model to Improve Vitamin D Screening in Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Quality Improvement Initiative
  • Delayed Cord Clamping: A Quality Improvement Initiative
  • Improving Asthma Care at Greenspring Pediatric Associates
  • Expediting Discharges from the Full Term Nursery
  • Wiped Clean: Raising Awareness for Stethoscope Hygiene on the Pediatric Ward
  • Impact of Mindfulness-Based Stress Management Training on Perceived Stress and Burnout Amongst Pediatric Trainees: A Pilot Study
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis Incidence, Associations and Prophylaxis in the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital


Class of 2017

  • Instituting a Predictive Model for Evaluation and Treatment of Early-onset Neonatal Sepsis: A Quality Improvement Initiative
  • Peripheral Blood Pressure as a Marker of Hemodynamically Significant PDA in Pre-term and Low Birth Weight Neonate
  • The Effect of High Flow Nasal Cannula in Infants with Bronchiolitis on Length of Hospitalization
  • HPV Vaccination: A Needs Assessment of Two Primary Pediatric Offices in Baltimore
  • Raising the bar with SBAR
  • Chicken soup for the patient’s soul: Assessing the need for dietary education in Pediatric Oncology Patients
  • Effects of a Standardized Feeding Protocol on Weight Gain in Very Low Birth Weight Infants