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 presentation for the entire Department of Pediatrics during their senior year. 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.

Throughout their training, residents develop these skills through various avenues, such as lectures, small-group sessions, and individual work with their mentors.  Additionally, residents receive assistance identifying a mentor and project via a series of three Research Oversight Committee (ROC) meetings.  At ROCs, residents initially give a brief overview of their career goals and potential scholarly interests, and peers and faculty are available to provide feedback, generate ideas, and build connections or network.  As residents progress, ROCs provide a chance to give updates, seek guidance, and troubleshoot projects in an informal, non-threatening environment.

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


2020 Projects

Original Research

The effect of continuous glucose monitoring on admissions for diabetic ketoacidosis - Jeremy Brown, MD

Quality of life and psychologic comorbidities in youth with gender dysphoria - Katie Burgener, MD [1st place]

Real world assessment of patients with cystic fibrosis treated with lumacaftor-ivacaftor and transitioned to tezacaftor-ivacaftor - Ashlee Christmas, DO

Failure is not an option: Outcomes in pediatric patients who fail initial discharge spirometry - Brooke Gustafson, MD

Predictive value of ISTH-BAT scores in the diagnosis of mild bleeding disorders - Judith Kabat, MD

Growth and tolerance of a new, sterile ready to feed donor human milk in preterm infants - Daniel Kahn, MD

Lack of correlation between bleeding scores and platelet electron microscopy in delta granule storage pool disorder - David Taylor, MD

Healthcare barriers for Congolese refugee children in Louisville, KY:  Parental perception and narratives through focus group discussions - Zheyi Teoh, MD [2nd place, Viewers Choice]

The impact of high flow nasal cannula and intravenous fluid hydration on length of stay in acute pediatric respiratory distress - Ryan Williams, MD

Quality Improvement

Penicillin allergy de-labeling in the pediatric inpatient setting - Sathvik Balaram, MD [1st place]

Fighting the “silent epidemic:” Fluoride varnish use in pediatric academic clinics - Beth Brooks, DO

Improving pediatric resident use of personal protective equipment during respiratory viral symptoms encounters in the pediatric emergency department - Christina Brown, MD

Ask, Assist, Refer: Increasing pediatric resident evaluation, education and documentation of second-hand smoke exposure in pediatric patients - Andrea Calvo, MD

A quality improvement study to evaluate intranasal fentanyl in improving the management of vaso-occlusive episodes in the pediatric emergency department - Anya Dabrusco, MD

Implementation of a structured feedback initiative in the hematologyoncology rotation - Brad Miller, MD

Assessing HIV testing rates in resident longitudinal clinics - Priyanka Saxena, MD

Comprehensive sexual history documentation for teenage females in the inpatient setting - Jenna Still, MD

Case Reports

A case of ARC syndrome - Diane Buckley, MD

An unusual case of cryptococcal meningitis in an immunocompetent pregnant patient - Hannah Freeland, MD

Diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia in a patient with Emanuel Syndrome - Adam Gasser, MD, PhD

Histoplasmosis in the heartland: Infectious pericarditis in a pediatric patient - Ben Hannah, MD

Unprotected sex: A rash decision - Seth Harris, DO [1st place]

IPEX: A case of autoimmune enteropathy - Hazar Hassuneh, MD

An unexpected case of metastatic gastrinoma in a child presenting for recurrent abdominal pain - Hugo Hua, MD

Functional constipation: How bad can it get? - Matt Jackson, MD

Infective endocarditis and renal failure in an otherwise healthy 16-year-old male - Rachael Janoso, MD

Infective endocarditis caused by highly resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae in a previously healthy child with normal heart structure - Christen Seaman, MD

Prenatal plumbism: A case of prenatal exposure to lead - Tabitha Townsend, MD

Gaining a “foothold” on the diagnosis of leishmaniasis - Brent Troy, MD


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