Scholarly Work

We encourage all residents and fellows to participate in scholarly work as part of their individualized curriculum. The flexibility of the resident schedule allows ample time for you to pursue your own interests and a robust mentor database is available to help you find a faculty research mentor. Funding is readily available to enable you to present your work at conferences around the country. The department supports the Pediatric Scholars Grant Program, which provides up to $15,000 to support trainee research projects. In addition, the department provides support for two residents per year to pursue global health research.

Below are recent projects presented at various conferences locally and nationally.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS)

Residents participate in longitudinal Quality Improvement and Patient Safety curriculum consisting of didactic and hands on activities:

  • Intern curriculum focusing on fundamentals of Quality Improvement science and application through a personal wellness project.
  • Completion of select Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) modules
  • 4 part QIPS Academic Half Day series
  • PGY-2 and PGY-3 team based QI projects supervised by Faculty Coaches skilled in Quality Improvement

Examples of resident driven Quality Improvement Projects

  • Improving Oral Health through Fluoride varnish application in the outpatient clinic
  • Documentation of Preferred Language and Interpreter use on the in-patient floor
  • Implementation of a Validated Developmental Screening tool at Well Child Visits
  • Medication reconciliation on the General Pediatrics inpatient unit
  • Improving safe sleep practices in the NICU
  • Improving Discharge Communication for Children with Medical Complexity Through the Use of a Standardized Template

Clinical and Translational Research

  • PedsTalk: A Pilot Communication Skills Education Course for Pediatric Residents
  • Clinical utility of repeat fetal echocardiography in congenital heart disease
  • Characterizing dendritic cell subpopulations for cancer immunotherapy
  • The PACE (Pediatric Accessible Curriculum for Expecting Parents) Study
  • Relationship between partial USP18 deficiency and early-onset childhood inflammation
  • NICUnet: Genome sequencing of neonatal fatalities
  • SOCS1 haploinsufficiency and early-onset dermatitis and arthritis
  • Effectiveness of shared reading program on neurodevelopmental outcomes and maternal stress in the neonatal intensive care unit
  • Changing the prognosis: Liver transplantation for infantile pyruvate carboxylase deficiency
  • Optimizing approaches to drug allergies in the pediatric inpatient setting
  • Lower airway Pneumocystis jiroveci and severe asthma in childhood
  • Prenatal cortisol modifies the association between maternal lifetime traumatic stress and body mass index in 6-month-olds
  • Crouzon syndrome with acanthosis nigricans without craniosynostosis
  • Point-of-care ultrasound diagnosis of small bowel vs. ileocolic intussusception
  • Peanut and hazelnut incorporation into regular diet following oral food challenges
  • Inferior vena cava ultrasound in the management of children with dehydration
  • Comparison of patent ductus arteriosus stent and aortopulmonary shunt for ductal dependent cardiac lesions
  • Relationship between fluid overload and time of positive pressure ventilation 
  • Mycobiome analysis of lower airway secretions from children with fungal-sensitized severe-persistent asthma
  • Investigating genetic pathways in phenotype-specific congenital heart disease pathogenesis
  • Normal left ventricular size in premature newborns by the echocardiographic bullet method 
  • Epinephrine use in schools for food-induced anaphylaxis
  • Prescription of epinephrine autoinjectors to children with food allergies in a general pediatric clinic
  • Outcome of oral food challenges in children with milk allergy to identify the biological parameters that suggest early tolerance to baked milk products

Medical Education

  • Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, And Compassion Satisfaction In Pediatric Subspecialists In The US During The SARS-Cov-2 Pandemic
  • UPSTART PEDs: Understanding Palliative Care Through Simulation Training, Action, Response, and Teaching for Pediatric Educators and Doctors
  • Developing and Implementing a Behavior-Oriented Anti-Racism Curriculum for Clinical Teams
  • Assessing Faculty and Resident Perspectives on Using the Keystones of Development Online Curriculum to Train Residents to Promote Positive Parenting Behaviors and Child Development
  • Implementation of an asynchronous curriculum to replace traditional didactics: Initial challenges and observations
  • Decreasing resident administrative burden through implementation of a Clinical Team Assistant on the inpatient service
  • Establishing a longitudinal well-being curriculum for pediatric trainees: Applying positive medicine, with lessons from the Mount Sinai PEERS Program
  • Pediatric Residency program directors’ current practices and attitudes toward parenting-focused curricula


  • Screening for maternal family planning needs during the pediatric well visit: A needs assessment
  • Assessing pediatric resident readiness to screen mothers of young children for family planning needs
  • Queer medicine pipeline: A model for promoting careers in health care for urban LGBTQ youth
  • Implementation of a shared reading program in the neonatal intensive care unit
  • Cooking attitudes and self-efficacy in a low-income, food insecure population
  • Disparities in child abuse reporting
  • Relationship between Food Insecurity and Financial Worry in Families Enrolled in a Social Determinants of Health Program at a Pediatric Clinic in East Harlem, New York City
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Early Intervention Referral and Time to Evaluation in a Community Pediatrics Practice in New York City
  • Tackling Food Insecurity with a Clinic-Based Food Pantry and Referrals to Community-Based Food Pantry in New York City

Global Health

  • Development of an adolescent-friendly pregnancy and parenting curriculum at a teaching and referral hospital in western Kenya
  • One-year morbidity and mortality of infants diagnosed with birth asphyxia (BA) or low birth weight (LBW) admitted to the Newborn Unit at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya: A prospective cohort study
  • Anthropometric data matters: Evaluation of a malnutrition program in a rural clinic in Uganda
  • Quality improvement project at a Ugandan community health clinic malnutrition program