Scholarly Activity

Scholarly Activity

Throughout our program, our residents work with their faculty mentors on scholarly activity in a planned progression, building on ideas formulated during their intern year and culminating in a poster presentation for the entire Department of Pediatrics during their senior year. Cash prizes are awarded to the top projects in several categories. Winners are announced during the graduation ceremony among peers, faculty, family and friends.

The learning objectives of the scholarly project are to:

  • improve understanding of a particular subject area related to child health;
  • improve skills in critical review of the medical literature and understanding of research methods;
  • develop personal experience in the advancement of medical knowledge; and
  • develop improved foundations in one or more of the following:
    1) advocacy or public health policy for children;
    2) preparation for research requirements for subspecialty fellowships;
    3) patient care quality improvement, and/or;
    4) practice-based continuing medical education.

Additionally, a Research Track is available for residents interested in research-focused careers or accelerated exposure to research and scholarship.


2018 Projects

Original Research
Effectiveness of concussion management education in changing educator behavior in the classroom - AJ Abney, MD

The relationship between FeNO, spirometry, and the C-ACT in pediatric asthma - Michael Bricken, MD

Awkward conversations:  Impact of leading school-based sexual education seminars on resident comfort discussing sexual health with adolescent patients - Elizabeth Lehto, DO & Gabe Tarshish, MD

Establishing current benchmarks in the management of vaso-occlusive episodes:  A pilot study - Brandon McHenry, DO

Weak correlation of bleeding scores to platelet electron microscopy:  A retrospective chart review of pediatric patients with delta-storage pool disorder - Nate Nessle, DO [1st place]

Evaluating knowledge of infant safe sleep practices in a pediatric emergency department population - Lauren Pontikos, MD

Assessing pediatric residents' training and confidence in caring for children presenting with gender dysphoria in a primary care setting - Shanna Sharber, MD

Prevalence and risk factors for postpartum depression in mothers of hospitalized infants - Lauren Swift, MD [2nd place]

Correct identification of non-accidental injury by medical providers - Erin Wade, DO & Megan Evers, MD

Neonatal cytomegalovirus screening practice within the local community - Kate Lipka Wilson, DO

Quality Improvement
Improving communication of results to families in a resident pediatric primary care clinic - Nicole Bichir, MD

Reducing the number of patients admitted unannounced to a resident teaching service - Mark Brockman, MD

Early corticosteroid administration in the ED setting for status asthmaticus - Will Guider, MD

An intervention to improve feedback for night team residents - Jennifer Hoefert, MD

Evaluating effects of patient-driven screening for social determinants of health in a primary care setting - Mary Johnson, MD

Improving HIV screening rates in adolescents in the primary care setting - Melissa Kadish, MD

Resident attitudes toward patient ownership in clinic - Rebecca Metry, MD

Evaluation of the Watcher Program at Norton Children's Hospital - JB Remmel, MD

Congenital heart surgeon society technical assessment echo project - Aniqa Shahrier, MD

Improving BP and volume assessment in children admitted to the nephrology service - Elizabeth Spiwak, MD [winner]

Curriculum Development/Case Report
Development of a transition of care course elective and needs assessment evaluation - Shanna Barton, MD [winner]

Water intoxication leading to hyponatremic seizure:  A rare presentation - Alex Brainard, MD

Accelerated atherosclerosis:  A chronic complication of perinatal human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection - Amy Higgins, MD

HHV6 causing acute liver failure in teenager - Ali Mortensen, MD

Case report of aHUS in a 2-month-old-male - Laith Sweis, MD

Tubo-ovarian abscess masquerading as a pelvic mass in a sexually inactive adolescent female - Jenna Thurman, MD

Rare presentation of hyponatremia in an infant leading to failure to thrive - Scott Tracy, MD

Partnering for children's hearts - an illustrative case series of acquired pediatric heart disease in low and middle income countries - Keith Wickenhauser, MD

Spinal epidural lipomatosis and vigabatrin associated changes on brain magnetic resonance imaging with standard therapies for infantile spasms - Sonam Bhalla, MBBS

2017 Projects

Original Research
Inpatient Endoscopy in Children - Prerana Aghamkar, MD

Use of Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) in Pediatric Trauma Patients - Emily Becker, DO

Identifying Factors to Improve Safety Seat Use in Children - Allison Black, MD [1st place winner]

Validating Minimal Volumes for Micronutrient Analysis of Human Milk - Amanda Farris, MD

Outcomes from an All Human Milk Diet in Very Low Birth Weight Infants:  A Single Site Experience - Lindsay Fleig, MD [2nd place winner]

Metabolic Screening in At-Risk Adolescents - Schot Hannan, MD

Independent Ketamine Administration by Advance Practice Registered Nurses for Pediatric Procedural Sedation - Erin Herstine, MD

Change in Use of Continuous Albuterol After Implementation of RT-Driven Asthma Weaning Protocol - Jacob Kaslow, MD [3rd place/Viewers' Choice winner]

Primary Care and Mentorship in Juvenile Justice - Shannon Lyon, DO, and Kathryn Thorne, MD

Utility of Chromosomal Microarray Among Pediatric Specialties - Carly Schuetz, MD, and Scott Terry, DO

Beyond the Nursery:  Breastfeeding Counseling in the Outpatient Setting - Elizabeth Stivers, MD

Youth Experiences Survey:  Screening At-Risk Caregivers in an Urban, Inner-City Pediatrics Clinic - Jennie Vavrousek, MD

Case Reports
Development of COPD in Children with Asthma:  A Case Series and Review of the Medical Literature - Mallory Baker, MD

Not Just Sinusitis:  Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis in an Adolescent - Caitlin Bowman, MD

Methotrexate Hypersensitivity Leading to a Successful Alternative Chemotherapy for Burkitts Lymphoma - Megan Gooch, MD

Baclofen Toxicity in a Pediatric Patient with Normal Renal Function - Stephanie Kwon, DO

The Hiccup Pickup:  New Neurologic Deficits in a Patient with Cerebral Palsy - Emily Miller, MD

All That's Purulent Is Not Staph:  A Case of Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis in an Adolescent Refugee - Nikki Strecker, MD [1st place winner]

Quality Improvement/Curriculum Development
Methods to Obtain Therapeutic Anti-Xa Levels for Pediatric Cardiology Patients on Lovenox (QI) - Doug Ansert, MD

A Process Improvement Project Using Education and Skills Modules to Decrease Blood Culture Contamination (QI) - Kayla Evans, MD

Improving Asthma H&Ps at Norton Children's Hospital (QI) - Mackenzie Lowery, MD [1st place winner]

Assessment of an Educational Intervention on Physician Knowledge of Child Passenger Safety (CD) - Cara Pope, MD

Optimization of Nutrition in Pediatric Patients with Cystic Fibrosis (QI) - Erica Stevens, MD

Improving Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates in Transplant Patients (QI) - Sara Woodring, MD

2016 Projects

Original Research
A Retrospective Review of the Addition of Enoxaparin to Heparinized Fluids for Thrombux Prevention in Neonates with Atrial Lines after Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease - Austin Biggs, MD

Successful Use of Fetal Tele-Echocardiography at a Small Regional Hospital - Julianna Brown, MD

Barriers to Health Care Access in Korean Children Living in Louisville, Kentucky - Angela Choe, MD [1st place winner]

Perceiving Carriers to Adequate Discharge Instructions Among Spanish-Speaking Patients - Jeff Chou, MD

Effects of Using Tablets as Translator Phones on Rates of Interpreter Use - Crystal English, MD

Evaluation of a Poverty & Social Justice Rotation in Pediatrics Residency Using Narrative Analysis - Jessica Holloman, MD [3rd place/Viewers' Choice winner]

A Novel Approach to Preoperative Planning in Complex Congenital Heart Disease:  3D CT Angiography Using a Myocardial Model and "Surgeon's Views" - Carmen Kiper, MD, PhD

Outpatient Pediatricians' Current Practice and Knowledge of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception - Emily Kisor, MD

Predictors of Caregiver Attitudes Toward Spanking in an Inner-City General Pediatrics Clinic - Libby Mims, MD [2nd place winner]

Validation of Point-of-Care INR Testing Versus Clinical Venipuncture:  A Prospective Cohort Pilot Study - Lerraughn Morgan, DO

Trends Among 7- and 30-Day Readmissions to an Academic Tertiary Care Children's Hospital - Lacy Ochs, MD

A Retrospective Analysis on the Effect of Human Milk on Prevention of Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Postnatal Growth - Natalie Pettit, MD

The Kids Club Daycare Increases Parent Satisfaction Among Medically-Fragile Kentucky Children - Sheel Shah, MD

Decreasing Mechanical Ventilator Support in Medically-Fragile Children with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia:  A Step-by-Step Weaning Protocol at a Pediatric Long-Term Extended Care Facility - Swetha Suresh, MD

Dissecting the Etiology of Atypical Chest Pain:  D-dimer as a Diagnostic Tool - Sarah Thayer, MD

Review of Use of Donase Alfa in Hospitalized Asthma Patients - Josh Yuen, MD

Case Report/Quality Improvement/Curriculum Development
Acceptable Ferrin Levels Maintained with No Evidence of Organ Iron Accumulation in a Sickle Cell Disease Patient After Six Year of Erythrocytapheresis (without Chelation Therapy) Even in the Setting of Hyperhemolysis (CR) - Caitlyn Cecil, MD

Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates in the Pediatric Emergency Department Through a Volunteer Student Research Program (QI) - Rob Clemons, MD

Improving Safe Sleep Practices for Hospitalized Infants (QI) - Danielle Connor, MD

Improving HIV Screening Rates in Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting (QI) - Maureen Crispin, MD [1st place winner]

National Immunization Project with the APA:  Improving HPV Immunization Rates in Practice-Based Settings (QI) - Aileen Searles, MD, and Rachel Snedecor, MD

Painful Hyperstimulation Phenomena Associated with Vagus Nerve Stimulator Magnet Firing:  Two Case Reports in Children with Refractory Epilepsy and Review of Literature (CR) - Safi Shareef, MD

Parental and Healthcare Providers' Attitudes Regarding the Indications for Antipyretics Before and After Implementation of an Educational Tool (CD) - Yu Ting, MD

Improving the Utilization of Spirometry in Pediatric Status Asthmaticus - Andrew Winslow, MD

Infant Safe Sleep Practices:  Improving Pediatric Resident Knowledge and the Ability to Discuss Infant Safe Sleep with Patient Families (CD) - Laura Chmilewski Winslow, MD