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.


2019 Projects

Original Research
Do asthma inhaler formulary changes impact lunch function and control? - Caitlin Canal, MD

Assessment of iron overload in the pediatric allogeneic HSCT recipient - Paige DePriest, MD

Opioid prescriptions among children enrolled in Kentucky Medicaid:  A review of a recent cohort - Kasi Eastep, DO [2nd place; Viewers' Choice Award]

Hepatitis C testing on infants suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome - Will Johansen, MD

Admissions without resident notification:  Streamlining patient intake - Sayeed Khan, DO

Health outcomes of pediatric patients with isolated mild and moderate neutropenia:  A retrospective chart review of 92 pediatric patients - Colleen Mathews, MD

Effects of different categories of intrauterine drug exposure on the neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants with clinically significant neonatal abstinence syndrome - Alice Meng, MD

Constipation:  When no urgency becomes an emergency - Kevin Murray, MD

Pediatric asthma control in the ED - Michael Orangias, MD

Assessing diversity and inclusion initiatives among residency programs:  A systematic review - Tiffani Payne, MD

Zinc and nutrient deficiency in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus - Lauren Roach, MD

Anxiety, depression, ADHD, neurocognitive, and quality of life screening in children referred to an ambulatory cardiology clinic - Rachel Schutt, DO

Impact of refugee status on mental health in Latino children - Jenny Smith, MD [1st place winner]

Long-term health outcomes of patients evaluated for unexplained fever in a pediatric infectious diseases clinic - Katie Weakley, MD

Association of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in pediatric gastrointestinal disorders - Ashley Zerr, MD

Quality Improvement/Curriculum Development/Case Report

Toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences - Nicole Barrett, MD & Kelsey Field, MD [QI]

Improving recognition of hypertension in a pediatric primary care office - Trisha Clum, MD & Andrew Jones, MD [1st place] [QI]

Asthma exacerbations and subspecialty consultations - Stephen Franklin, DO [QI]

Increasing pediatric resident evaluation, education, and documentation of smoking status and second-hand smoke exposure in pediatric residents - Megan Montague, MD [QI]

Resident participation and satisfaction with Louisville Lecture FOAM platform - Molly Brockman, MD & Mary Rush, MD [CD]

Evaluating medical students' perceived knowledge and attitude toward social determinants of health and child advocacy:  A needs assessment - Alex Healy, MD [CD]

Improving a residency program's training and confidence in caring for children presenting with gender dysphoria in a primary care setting - Courtney Sumner, MD [CD]

Pseudo-hyperchloremia and negative ion gap acidosis in a patient with dextromethorphan hydrobromide abuse - Christian Matar, MD [CR]

Disseminated adenovirus associated with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in a newborn - Doug McConnell, MD [CR]

Kawasaki disease - John Wehry, MD [CR]

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