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.

Clinical and Translational Research

  • 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

  • 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

Quality Improvement

  • Improving rates of HPV vaccination in the pediatric outpatient setting
  • Why are children drinking too much cow's milk? Identifying gaps in caregiver education
  • Resident continuity by primary care provider in the resident continuity practice
  • Modified Checklist for Autism (M-CHAT) screening in the outpatient setting
  • Medication reconciliation on the General Pediatrics inpatient unit
  • White board use on family-centered inpatient rounds
  • Provider knowledge and confidence with asthma spacer use


  • 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
  • A visual tool to reduce juice and sugar-sweetened beverages assists providers and engages patients
  • Children's consumption of juice and sugar-sweetened beverages: Does parental knowledge of American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines on juice intake and parental consumption make a difference?
  • Postpartum depression in a general pediatric practice: Practical methods for improving screening and referrals
  • Caregiver preferences for parenting advice in pediatric clinics

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